Explore Martian secrets, up-close and personal, at Western University

As Mars orbits nearer and nearer to Earth, members of the London community will gather at Western University to observe the Red Planet for themselves.

Londoners may already have noticed a bright, red-orange dot rising in the east late at night. That’s Mars! The planet will continue to increase in brightness, until Tuesday, July 31 when it reaches its closest point to the Earth since 2003. Mars won’t get that close again until 2035.

Jan Cami, Associate Director of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), is organizing a free public event on Tuesday that includes two expert talks, plus views through a number of telescopes offered by local astronomers and through the giant telescope at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory.

The public and members of the media are invited to attend. 3D images of Mars will also be on display. Telescopes will be available until 1 a.m. (weather permitting).

DATE: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
TIME: 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
LOCATION: Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory, Western University
PARKING: Alumni/Thompson lot (Gates open at 7 p.m.)

For more information on Cronyn Observatory and the event, please visit http://cronyn.uwo.ca/

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Renaud, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111, ext. 85165, jrenaud9@uwo.ca, @jeffrenaud99

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