No, wait a minute... in the dark, its moment in the dark!
In fact, for a time during this period it will be the fourth-brightest thing in our sky after the sun, moon and Venus.
It will not be this close and bright again until 2033, and you’ll be all grown up by then.
But how to find it and be sure it’s Mars?
Don’t panic, I’m not going to use a star chart that’s difficult to understand. No need. Mars will be so bright it will come looking for you. Well, not you personally, but your retina. It will stand out remarkably easily as the brightest ‘star-like’ object and have a distinctly orange hue. It is known, after all, as the ‘red planet’, due to the rusty colour of its soil.
Trust me, you’ll have no trouble finding it during those months, but if you want a little more info, then look toward the eastern sky soon after sunset. It will be low to the horizon in the early evening and rise higher as the night wears on.
All you’ll need to spot Mars is your eyes alone, but should you want to get a better look at it, the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV), will be setting up large portable telescopes for the public to view through. Keep an eye on their website (www.asv.org.au) for locations and times, or follow me on Twitter (@Perryastronomy) for more info and latest news.