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Mars closes in on Earth

August 9, 2003

Albany - Downtown Curator Lisa Lofton says Mars is closer to Earth than it has been in 55,000 years. Stargazers have a unique chance to view the planet Mars this month.

Mars' orbit will place it within 35 million miles from Earth. The red planet, as its sometimes called, will not get this close to Earth again until the year 2287.

Mars can be seen with the naked eye, but is best viewed with binoculars or a telescope to get the best look at Mars' dark spots and ice caps. With the naked eye, Mars will look like a star, but it will not sparkle and will move, unlike stars that are in fixed positions.

The best view of Mars will be possible on August 27th.

posted at 6:06 PM by karen.collier@walb.com