|MadSci Network: Astronomy|
Well since you don't specify a location, I will assume that you are somewhere in the middle of the states. And I think that the star you are referring to is Mars.
The summer of 2001 finds Mars shining brighter and appearing larger than it has since 1988. The peak of the apparition occurs in mid-June, when Mars lies opposite the sun in the sky and remains visible all night long. This alignment, called opposition, also marks the peak in the planetís brightness.
[Moderator's Note: For a wealth of information on observing Mars, check out http://www.shallowsky.com/mars.html .]
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