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August 17, 2018


The San Juan College Planetarium’s AstroFriday presentation for Friday, August 24, is Tour of Mars. Show times are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

This hour- long live show will be presented using the star projector and computers to virtually tour the Red Planet. First, Mars will be viewed as a globe. The presentation will then descend to Mar’s surface to view all of the landing sites of successful robotic landing missions. Finally, the presentation will observe the night sky as it would appear from the surface of Mars. See objects including the Martian Moons - Phobos and Deimos in the planetarium sky.

Summer sky maps will be given out while supplies last. There is no admission charge, and no reservations are taken or required, but there is a maximum seating capacity of 60 in the Planetarium, so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to preserve dark-adaption, no one will be admitted late once the show has started.

A free public stargaze with telescopes will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard behind the Planetarium, after the last show. The Stargaze will last a maximum of one hour.

Plan to view the Moon, Jupiter and its Galilean Moons, Saturn and Mars. Additionally, one of our telescopic targets for the evening will be the gold-and-blue double star, Albireo. Participants may also see deep-sky objects such as the Ring Nebula in Lyra, the globular cluster M13 in Hercules, the Sagittarius Star Cloud and the Dumbbell Nebula M27 in Cygnus.

For further information, call David Mayeux at 505-566-3361, or [email protected]

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