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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — If you’ve been looking at the night sky recently, you’ve probably noticed what looks like a big, bright star. It’s Mars and it’s the closest to Earth now than it’s been in years.

Earth is on the same side of the solar system about once every two years. But, it hasn’t been this close to Earth since 2003.

You don’t have to be a night owl to see it. It will stay bright and close throughout the rest of summer.

The Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society is having an observation event Friday, August 3, at Meadowbrook Park, for those who want a closer look. 

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