Mars will be closest to the Earth in a decade and a half on the night of July 31, 2018.
By mid-August, the planet will become fainter as Mars and Earth travel farther away from each other in their orbits around the sun.
That year also marked the closest that Mars had come to Earth since the Stone Age - and on Tuesday, it will come the closest it has since then.
You can see Mars with your own eyes before dawn on Tuesday (weather permitting) by looking to the southwestern sky.
This will also be the closest the red planet comes to Earth until October 2020.
This gives it its best visibility and for stargazers is a must-see because it will not be visible again until the year 2033.
So why does this happen?
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The event happens because like all the other planets in the solar system, the Earth and Mars have oval-shaped orbits.
NASA estimates the 2003 "opposition" was the closest approach by Mars in nearly 60,000 years. The two planets will be just 57.6 million kilometres apart.
An illustration showing Mars and the Moon in "opposition" to Earth.
But the dust reflects sunlight, which enables Mars to appear even brighter from Earth, Mr Nagle says.
The total lunar eclipse on Friday will be visible in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. You will need a telescope with a large lens (6- to 8-inch in size) to be able to see the planet, and even then the clouds may obstruct your view.
However, for all the space enthusiasts out there, you can still witness the phenomenon in all its glory as NASA's Griffith Observatory is hosting a live stream on YouTube. It will be brighter than the gas giant Jupiter and as bright as Saturn in the night sky.