A few days ago (January 29), I posted about how Mars was nice and bright and located near the full Moon. Mars has been about as bright as the star Sirius which is the brightest true star in the sky (planets sometimes get a little brighter). A student asked me today why Mars was so bright lately. The following figure should illustrate the reason:
It's currently in the constellation of Cancer, halfway between Regulus in Leo and Castor and Pollux in Gemini (about half-way up in the eastern sky around 8 pm in our area). Go out and take a peek, it's unmistakable.