FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 14, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
EMU Offers an Out-of-This-World View of Mars
YPSILANTI -- Get up close and personal with the planet Mars when Eastern Michigan Universitys Sherzer Observatory hosts Mars Mania Aug. 24-30, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (weather permitting).
This is a rare opportunity to see Mars since it will be closer to Earth than it has ever been in 57,000
years. The next chance to view it wont be until 2287.
Visitors will use a 10-inch apochromatic
refractor telescope that is ideally suited for viewing the
southern polar cap, dark markings, ruddy orange color and potential dust storms that often occur on
Mars. Mars Mania is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact 734.487.3033
or go to www.physics.emich.edu.
Eastern Michigan University is a
public comprehensive, metropolitan university that offers programs in
the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
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Editors Note: Norbert Vance, director of EMUs Sherzer Observatory, is available for interviews.