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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

See Mars at Sea Gull Stadium September 19-20

SALISBURY---It’s not too late to see Mars in the evening sky.

The Salisbury University Physics Department provides telescopes for viewing the red planet at Sea Gull Stadium on Wayne Street from 8:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, September 19-20, weather permitting. The event is free and the public is cordially invited.

Mars reached its closest distance to Earth in nearly 60,000 years—34.6 million miles—Wednesday, August 27. However, the planets remain in close proximity, and due to Earth’s natural orbital motion around the sun, Mars is higher in the sky and even easier to see this week.

Those using SU’s telescopes to view the red planet could see broad details on Mars’ surface, including dark volcanic terrains, the bright south polar cap and even individual volcanoes, clouds and mountains emerging in the southern region.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.


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