The red planet was best viewed after midnight when it reached the highest elevation. The adventure aficionados were able to see Mars rising in the east when the Sun was setting in the west.

Those who have missed the rare view need not worry as the scientists have said that Mars will be closest to Earth (at about 54,400,000 miles) on April 14 again.

This celestial event, when the two planets (Earth and Mars) lie nearly in a straight line with respect to the Sun, occurs after every 26 months.

The next Mars event will happen in 2016, when the red planet will be even closer to the Earth. Experts call April as the best month for having rare glimpse of Mars.

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