How to see Mars in opposition
This year's perihelic opposition has Mars rising just as the sun is setting. The Red Planet will rise in the southeast sky, as will Saturn. Of course, this is always the case with opposition, since the sun and the planet are on opposite sides of Earth. As the sun sets in the West, Mars will rise in the East. In the morning, Mars will set in the West as the sun rises in the East.
However, the best time to get a view of Mars will be around midnight, when it's higher in the sky. You'll be seeing the planet five times brighter than usual, per a report by Space.com.
You will be able to see the planet by just looking up, but you'll get a better view if you bring along a pair of binoculars or a telescope. If you're lucky and live near an observatory, you could get a spectacular view.
If you can't go out on July 27, you'll still get a good view of Mars for a few more days. The planet will actually be at its closest point to Earth on July 31, though it won't be in opposition, according to EarthSky. That means your best view will be found the night of the 27th.
If you missed the opposition in 2003, this one is absolutely worth catching. The opposition in 2003 was the brightest Mars had been in the Earth sky in 60,000 years. The next time it will appear that brightly will be August 28, 2287, according to NASA. So, you probably won't be able to see it this bright again. Probably.