A few days ago, I got this message through my mobile's SMS:
Planet Mars will be brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look large as full moon to the naked eye. This will culminate August 27 when Mars comes within 34.65 million miles .of Earth. Be sure to watch the sky, August 27, Saturday, 12:30AM (after midnight of 26th). It will look like the Earth has two moons. The next time Mars comes this close will be 2287. Share this with your loved-ones and friends as NO ONE alive will ever see it again.
Isn't this cool? According to this site:
At the beginning of August, Mars will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.
More info about this phenomenon here.