December 14, 2007

Get Closer to Mars at Western Nevada College Observatory

The public is invited to get a good view of Mars on this weekend and next week at the Jack C. Davis Observatory as the "red planet" moves closer to Earth. Free public telescope viewing will be available Saturday, Dec. 15, and Tuesday, Dec. 18, after dusk at the observatory, 2699 Van Patten Ave., on the Western Nevada College Carson City campus.

Mars is approaching a point in the sky that places Earth directly between Mars and the sun. This "opposition" position brings Mars close to the Earth, allowing for good viewing of the "red planet" from Earth. The opposition will occur on December 24 and its nearest point to Earth will occur on December 18.

Observatory volunteers from the Western Nevada Astronomical Society will assist with the event, and WNAS member Harold Mason will offer a free lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. on "The Stuff Between the Stars."

Visitors are encouraged to dress for cold conditions and enjoy observing Mars and other celestial objects in the night sky over Carson City.

With interior and exterior telescopes, the Davis Observatory is the place to be for astronomical happenings. The WNAS was created in 2002 by amateur astronomers who are dedicated to supporting the astronomical community through education, social functions, and service.

For additional information, please contact:
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2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu


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