Valdosta - Valdosta State University is giving people the chance for an up-close look at Mars this week.
Mars is closer to Earth than it's been in more than 6,000 years. Around 9:00 every night this week, you can look to the southeastern sky for a glimpse at the bright orange star.
"It's a very rare occasion that we get a chance to see this, and our microscopes should give people a good glimpse at Mars," said Dr. Martha Leak, Astronomy Professor. "You can also see it from your own home if you look above the tree lines in the southeastern sky."
V.S.U is offering a series of public observing sessions on the planet, followed by a telescopic viewing on the observation deck. The sessions start at 9 p.m. each night this week in the Biology-Chemistry building auditorium.