Mars is now visible earlier in the evening, first appearing at about 8:45 p.m. on the eastern edge of the dim constellation Pisces. Almost straight above Mars and Pisces will be the Great Square of Pegasus. To the left of Pegasus is Andromeda with the closest large galaxy to us, the Andromeda Galaxy (aka M31), just above the middle stars of Andromeda.
The two giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, reign in the south as Mars rises. Jupiter is definitely the brighter of the two. As we catch up to Mars in our faster, inner orbit, the planet is getting very bright. Tonight it is almost as bright as Jupiter and at the end of the month, it will be as bright as