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Mars, Earth and Sun set to be aligned Tuesday night

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Tuesday night something will happen that only takes place every two years. Mars, Earth and the sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line.

Mars reaches a point in its orbit called "opposition," when the planet lies directly opposite the sun according to Astronomy magazine.

Mars rises near sunset and remains visible all night long as it moves nearly overhead across the night sky. Stargazers can see the burnt orange color which will be almost 10 times brighter than the brightest stars in the sky.

The sky should be pretty clear tonight and with no big storms in the forecast, folks should get a pretty good view.

And another thing to watch for will take place April 14 when the full moon will appear near Mars.   Mars won't appear as big and bright again until its next "opposition" May 22, 2016 according to astronomy experts.

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