HALLOWEEN PLANET: When the sun goes down tonight, something eerie and red will rise in the east--Mars. Mars is having a close encounter with Earth, the closest of the next 13 years, which means it's brighter than any star. So if you're out Trick or Treating, look up!
It is really bright. To me it seems even brighter than it was during its pass a few years ago. Of course, at that time I was viewing it through tropically humid air and here the air is very dry and clear.