Visitors to the Calvin College Observatory will have the chance to see the planet under high magnification, turning that bright red "star" into a resolved planet - hopefully with the chance to see dark surface features and a polar ice cap.
Mars will reach opposition with the sun on Friday.
As planetary geophysicist Kevin Lewis noted, "Mars wouldn't be almost this dusty if it wasn't for this one enormous deposit that is gradually eroding over time and polluting the planet". Most of the time, if you plotted the position of Mars in the night sky, it would appear to be moving eastward on successive nights. In 2020, Mars and Earth will again approach one another at a distance of about 39 million miles. Every so often the Earth's orbit catches up with Mars, bringing the two planets nearer. By next Tuesday, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003. Small, mid-latitude puffs of clouds are also visible.
While observing the planet Hubble also managed to capture images of six of Saturn's 62 now known moons: Dione, Enceladus, Tethys, Janus, Epimetheus, and Mimas. It won't be visible in North America, but stargazers in Africa, the Middle East, and southern Asia will be treated to a full blood moon.
Both have been under the watchful eye of the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Evidence for the Red Planet's watery past is prevalent across its surface in the form of vast dried-out river valley networks and enormous outflow channels clearly imaged by orbiting spacecraft. In their quest to find out if Mars was ever able to support life, NASA's Curiosity Rover, which first landed on Mars back in August of 2012, found ancient lake beds. The brightest reflections from the base layer - close to the centre of this image - are centred around 193°E/81°S in all intersecting orbits, outlining a well-defined, 20 km wide subsurface anomaly that is interpreted as a pond of liquid water.
Each Martian year, moderately large dust storms cover continent-sized areas and last for weeks at a time.
That said, current NASA policies are focused more on the moon than Mars, so it's not clear when a manned mission might happen.
"Since the NASA/European Space Agancy Hubble Space Telescope was launched, its goal has always been to study not only distant astronomical objects, but also the planets within our solar system", the space agencies wrote in a statement.
The closest approach of Saturn with Earth was on June 27, Mars will approach closer on Friday, July 27. The Red Planet will also be especially bright in the night sky.