Mars is much further away from Earth than the moon, so it will never appear more than a speck in our night sky. The rumor likely has to do with the orbits of Mars and Earth. About every 15 years, the orbits of the two allow for a “close” approach. This was a year when Mars was a little closer than normal, which is why it has been so bright. Close is relative though, as it is still very far from Earth.
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