Mars will be at its biggest and brightest in over a decade tonight, as it comes into a particularly close opposition. Mars comes into opposition — the point when Mars and the Sun are on directly opposite sides of the Earth — once every two years. But tonight, as the Red Planet edges towards its closest point to Earth in 11 years, it will appear much bigger and brighter in the night sky than usual. Amateur astronomer Dr Ian Musgrave, from the University of Adelaide, said it would trump Venus as the brightest object in the sky, aside from the Sun and the Moon. “At the moment Mars is now the brightest object in the sky. It is brighter even than Jupiter,” he said. View the size of Mars as seen from Earth each month of 2016.
It was quite bright even next to the near full moon on Friday evening at Wombat Hills Cottages , not sure if it was visible in Melbourne or not