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Have you seen it? I’m talking about that super-bright and super red “star” rising in the east in the early evening Shamokin sky. That’s not actually a star, it’s the planet Mars.

While it’s still far away, Mars is now the closest its been to Earth in over two years, and is the closest it will be until 2035.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He is the author of “Stars: a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations,” published by Adventure Publications and available at bookstores and adventurepublications.net. You can contact him at mikewlynch@comcast.net.

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