I've talked before about my love for the night sky, and while you'd normally have to get far away from city and suburban light pollution for unique views, over the next few days a rare opportunity is visible throughout Ocean County.

If you do much stargazing, you may have noticed a brighter and larger than normal, orange-tinged object in the Southeastern sky the last week or so.

That would be Mars.

I've noticed "The Red Planet" shining brightly while walking my dog at night for a little while now, and there's a good reason for it.

Right now, Mars is directly opposite from The Sun, and at its closest to Earth in 11 years.

The actual "Mars Opposition" was last night, but the good news is that it'll be larger and brighter than normal for about a week.

So be sure to step outside and take a look at the night sky over the next few nights. The next time we'll get a treat like this? August, 2287!