Mars will be closer to Earth this week than at any other time for the next 15 years. The fourth planet from the sun is also currently sitting just north of the celestial equator, meaning it is almost perfectly placed to be seen from both hemispheres, and is shining with brilliant intensity in the evening sky. Positioned in a region of the sky that contains no bright stars, and with only the moon appearing brighter in the sky, the so-called ‘red planet’ will really be showing why it has earned its sobriquet. Dr Riaan Steenkamp, the Head of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Namibia, told Future Media News that Namibians should definitely not skip a look up at the night sky.