With Mars in closest position to Earth in a long time, you should be able to see it starting sunset and have the view until sunrise.
If you missed it, don't believe any insane stories you may hear about its apparent size.
Mars and Earth were the closest last in 2003 in almost 60,000 years. This fly-by means that Mars, Earth, and the Sun are all lined up with each other. That encounter won't be beaten until 2287.
As for novice astronomers who might be a little bummed they missed the 3:50 a.m. wake up call, NASA streamed Mars' close encounter with Earth live from the Griffith Observatory.
On this night, Mars came strikingly close to Earth on its orbit, approaching within 35.8 million miles of our home planet. The Earth will have the Red Planet and the Sun on either side, with the three celestial bodies in a straight line. Mars will reach opposition again before then.
"If Earth and Mars followed perfectly circular orbits, opposition would be as close as the two planets could get", NASA said on its website. Add a telescope and you can see a detailed view of the planet's surface and its polar caps.
Astronomers expect good viewing conditions of Mars throughout early August.
"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars and our Moon", NASA says.
As for determining whether life exists on Mars, Cami said it won't happen overnight.
"This may be responsible for a string of bright clouds visible near the northern polar region that are the remnants of a disintegrating storm", NASA wrote. When the planet reaches its closest distance from Earth later today, it allows stargazers to see it in its brightest form.
Cami said the advancing approach of Mars toward Earth typically happens about every 17 years, so we won't get another opportunity like this one until 2035.