http://skyandtelescope.com/observing...icle_970_1.aspMars will be slightly closer than it has been in 59,619 years. If our Neanderthal precursors had been able to use a telescope in 57,617 BC, they could have seen Mars with an equatorial diameter of 25.13 arcseconds (compared to 25.11 arcseconds this August). Mars wonít appear any larger until August 28, 2287, when earthlings will see the red planet 25.14 arcseconds across.
This is bound to scare some PXers. It is unusually bright even now, but it's up rather late. By September it will be up early enough to be noticed more.