TES NEWS Volume 3, Number 4, November - December 1994
MARS AT OPPOSITION IN FEBRUARY 1995
Mars makes its closest approach to Earth (known as "opposition")
every 25 - 26 months. Mars is visible in the Arizona skies
over the next several months, with the closest approach on
February 11, 1995. Mars will grow in brightness through December
and January. Look for it in the constellation Leo in December.
Because there are no spacecraft visiting Mars right now,
scientists will be using the Hubble Space Telescope and a
variety of telescopes on Earth to obtain spectral observations
and monitor weather conditions. Amateur astronomers will participate
in a scientific observation project, Marswatch, coordinated by
Dr. Jim Bell at the NASA Ames Research Center in California.
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Edited by: K. S. Edgett
Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program / firstname.lastname@example.org