Science
1:31 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Mars Visible Now, But Not For Long

Now through mid-May, the mysterious red planet of Mars will be visible through the Lake Afton Observatory’s telescope.

Since early 2010, Mars has been too far away to observe much detail.

But about every 26 months, Mars is on the same side of the Sun as Earth and within viewing distance of 100 million miles.

Visible details will include the planet’s white polar cap as well as black areas of the mostly red-soiled terrestrial planet.

For this occasion, the observatory is presenting a special program tomorrow and Saturday evenings beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The planet is beginning to move away from the Earth and won’t be visible again until mid-year 2014.

For more information, go to the observatory’s website.