Celebrate Mars Month with The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

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Here on Earth, Mars is growing ever closer to us as it nears opposition (on the opposite side of the sun from the Earth) on October 13, presenting the best opportunity for viewing the planet in nearly two decades — an event ripe for celebration. And The Bishop is doing just that for “Mars Month,” a series of special Mars-centric online and in-person programs throughout September and October. “Mars Month” programs at The Bishop will explore everything from how we launch the rockets that will get us to Mars, to myths about Mars, and even opportunities for in-person viewing. “Mars has fascinated backyard astronomers, scientists, and people around the world for thousands of years,” said Howard Hochhalter, Manager of The Planetarium at The Bishop. “Authors have been writing about it since Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli first described the shading on its surface. In our collective imagination, we’re either being invaded by it like in War of the Worlds or we’re conquering it like in The Martian. But whether it’s fear or fascination, the Red Planet certainly holds our attention. So why not use opposition as an opportunity to celebrate it?”

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