If you noticed a big red dot in the sky tonight, you're probably looking at Mars. Tonight will be the best view of Mars you will have until 2018. The later you stay up, the better the view will be. Two years ago, Mars was the closest it had been in 60,000 years and tonight Mars will look about the same.
"With your naked eye all you see is what appears to be a bright red star, but when you break out a pair of binoculars or even a telescope, what you see is no longer a dot in the sky, but a disc," said Tom Hooten, Director of Hudnall Planetarium at TJC. "If the air is steady enough even with a pair of binoculars you can make out some surface features. To find mars, look East.