During the next few days as darkness gives way to dawn look towards the eastern horizon. Mars is coming into conjunction with the star Spica in Virgo. When Mars rises shortly after 5 a.m. local time on the mornings surrounding Sunday, November 10, it will be positioned less than 3 degrees to the upper left of the bright star Spica in Virgo. The Red Planet and the 250 light-years-distant white star will appear together in the field of view of binoculars. Spica is one of the 20 brightest stars in the night sky, coming in at number 16. It is blue white in colour. In contrast, Mars shines with a ruddy hue.