This Week's Night Vision: Mars

Posted November 15, 2018 - by Paul Gibbs

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A portrait of Mars, the fourth planet from the sun in our solar system.
Mars, one of our closest and most fascinating celestial neighbors. (Image credit: NASA/JPL/USGS)

Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has been the one to capture our imaginations most. From the canals of Giovanni Schiaparelli and the novels of Edgar Rice Burrows to the Curiosity rover and the exploits of Mark Watney, we find both fact and fiction concerning the red planet captivating.

Why is Mars red? Where did its two tiny moons come from? Was it once more like Earth? Is there or has there ever been life there? And when are going to get there? These are among the many questions we'll delve into for this week’s Night Vision as we discuss Mars: past, present, and future.

A possible meteorite in the Columbia Hills on Mars.
In the foreground, we see a possible meteorite in the Columbia Hills on Mars. (Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell)

From the early flybys of Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft, to the long-term orbiters and landers of today, we'll look at what we do know and don't know about this compelling fourth planet from the Sun. Join us as we look at this enigmatic and exciting world.

This week’s Night Vision is on Saturday, November 17th, 2018, at 6:45 PM. Tickets are just $2.00 per person for the general public, and free for members of Clark Planetarium. Get your tickets now.