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Mars Observations at Sherzer Observatory

Monday, August 6 through Thursday, August 9     10 p.m. to midnight... IF clear!
See rusty Mars using the telescopes at EMU Sherzer Observatory, weather permitting (if clear). The planet passes its closest to Earth at the end of July and will still be a pleasant sight through the big refractor telescope, best seen later in the evening toward midnight. Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus will also be visible along with a number of summer objects earlier in the evening session. FREE! Update: Mars often suffers from planet-wide dust storms when it reaches its perihelion point nearest the Sun. As of Mid-July that is indeed the case. Mars is shrouded by a planetary dust storm that masks the Red Planet's dark markings and polar ice caps. Telescopically, Mars appears as a featureless reddish-orange disk.

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