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Public invited to view Mars at WSU Observatory
August 25, 2003

Washington State University invites the public to visit the Jewett Observatory this week to view the planet Mars as it swings closer to Earth than it has for nearly 60,000 years. WSU astronomy faculty members will be on hand each night to assist viewers. “Our 12-inch, refractor telescope reaches 300 magnification and is really good for viewing planets,” said astronomy professor Guy Worthey. “We should be able to see the Mars polar ice caps and some albedo features, large surface areas covered by either sand or bare rock, that reflect light differently. If viewing is especially good, we may also see the volcanoes and the … » More …