McCormick Observatory offers Mars
Astronomy buffs all over the world are witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime
event that interested local residents also can gaze at. For about
two more weeks, the planet Mars will have its closest encounter
with Earth a mere 34.6 million miles than at any
other time in recorded history. Visit U.Va.s McCormick Observatory
during its open house nights and see Mars in vivid detail through
the observatorys 118-year-old telescope. The next chance
to see Mars up close and personal? The year 2887, so you dont
want to miss this chance.
permitting, McCormick Observatory will be open for Mars observing
Sept. 5 11:45 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sept. 12, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. The
open houses will include lectures, movies, displays and observing.
the sky is cloudy, the observatory will be closed. Weather updates
will be available beginning at 10 p.m. on scheduled Mars Mania
nights by calling 924-7238. For general information, call 924-7494.
astronomy information, see the departments Web site at http://www.astro.virginia.edu