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Rare Opportunity To See Mars

August 26, 2003 -- Never again will the earthly view of Mars be so spectacular! During the month of August 2003 our solar system's "red planet" will be closer to the Earth than it has been in possibly 60,000 years.

JSU Field School staff, Physical and Earth Sciences faculty and local volunteers will be on hand to assist participants in seeing and learning about this spectacular celestial event. Weather permitting, the viewing of Mars will include a variety of telescopes complete with guidance and assistance. This event is free of charge and every guest will receive an "I Got Close to Mars" certificate. Regardless of weather, all will be given good instructions as to how to find Mars on a clear night.

Participants will also be invited to witness JSU's new, state-of-the-art, Digistar 3 Planetarium. The 30-seat capacity planetarium will debut a special presentation that will feature constellations, the solar system and a spectacular space travel experience that includes surround sound.

Park in the large lot behind the JSU library and assemble on the 3rd floor of Martin Hall for an orientation. Those who are interested should call the JSU Field School to reserve free tickets.

There will be three 30-minute sessions on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The no-cost tickets will also be available at the door.

No one alive today will have the chance to see Mars like this ever again! Don't miss this opportunity.

Dates: August 26 & 27, 2003
Where: Meet on 3rd floor of Martin Hall
Time: 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.
Fee: FREE EVENT - No fee required
Contact: JSU Field Schools 256-782-8010


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