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PostPosted: May 2nd, 2018, 4:09 pm 
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Sky & Telescope some time back created a Profiler tool that allows a potential viewer to acquire position angle, elongation, angular diameter and illumination for Mars. (If some terms are unfamiliar they are explained.)

The Mars Profiler tool:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/interactive-sky-watching-tools/mars-which-side-is-visible/


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PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 5:41 pm 
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Amy, Trey and I viewed Mars this morning during twilight. Even at this point in the Opposition the image was astounding. A large dark area (probably Syrtis Major and Tyrrhena Terra) could easily be spied. And we've over two months of increasing angular size!


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PostPosted: May 12th, 2018, 5:32 pm 
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The next Science Academy session is brand-new. Entitled "Colonizing Mars", it will focus on what is arguably Planet of the Year! As of this posting there are already several slots occupied, and only sixteen kids (ages eight to twelve) can take part. The cost is five dollars per in-parish child and six dollars per out-of-parish child.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html


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PostPosted: May 14th, 2018, 9:17 am 
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At 6:41pm CDT today (while below the horizon), Mars crosses from Sagittarius into Capricornus. Mars rises tomorrow morning at 12:34am CDT. Although it was at its closest to M75 this morning, it's still within a half-degree at 1:59am when it'll be fifteen degrees up.


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2018, 12:03 pm 
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The cooperative space adventure game Mission Critical: Mars has a 2016 copyright date. To commemorate the historical Opposition, a BRAS member is allowing his copy to be played by the Science Academy Cadets during the 14 July session ("Summer Day") and the 21 July session ("Mars"). Another copy of the game will emerge into the HRPO Wormhole no later that 19 June.

Mission Critical: Mars was created by...
https://www.quartoknows.com/SmartLabToys

About the Wormhole...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/wormhole_donations.html


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