22 August 2009
Mars will be closer to Earth then it has been in recorded history. This will culminate on the night of 27 August at about 1230 am. I would encourage you to allow your children to stay up and see it. This will not occur until 2287 (at the earliest) If you have access to a telescope or binoculars then bring them out with you. Mars will be observed next to the moon and will be the brightest object in the night sky.