Today word was spread that Mars will come its closest to Earth in somewhere between 5 000 and - err - 60 000 years on August 27. Looking like a full moon, the National Weather Office here in PNG says here is the place to view it. "No one alive today will ever see this again. Stay awake to witness this unique experience," said a senior weather forecaster (best view = 3am).
Can't find any verification for this, and these type of things are always disappointing (tired, outdoors and cold, see a tiny pin prick somewhere which might just be an average star, is everyone else seeing something more than me? etc), but suspect will still check. wouldn't want to miss that once in 60 000 year-chance now, would you.