From July 30–31, Mars will be the closest it's ever been to Earth. And by close, we mean 35.78 million miles away. To put it into local terms, that's 745,416 Rhode Islands laid end to end, or our beautiful coastline stretched out straight 93,177 times. 

Check out this photo taken by a Boston native in Rhode Island this July. It will look something like this:

To catch a view of Mars in and around Providence you won't need any special telescope or binoculars, just your eyes. Mars will appear as a bright red "star" towards the east every evening, and towards the west before dawn. Be sure to snap a photo of Mars with your favorite Providence landmark and share it with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using #GoProv.