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Skywatch

Wed Aug 29, 2018 LONG MONTH, BLAME CAESAR

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About a month ago, our planet passed Mars, at a pretty close distance, a little under 36 million miles – well, that’s close for a planet! Because we were so close, Mars appeared very bright, a solid-looking star over in the southeast in the early evening. A lot of folks from the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, (that’s the local astronomy club,) brought their telescopes out to the Planetarium here on Indian River State College’s Fort Pierce campus, and they set them up, and let people look through them at Mars, but also we could observe the moon, Venus, Jupiter and even Saturn with its beautiful rings. If you missed seeing all this, that’s okay, because there’s going to be another meeting of the club tonight, starting at 7:30 pm at the Planetarium. And after some club business, we’re getting out the telescopes again, weather permitting of course, and inviting everyone to come on out and gaze at Mars one more time!