The public is invited to the UCI observatory on Wednesday night (Aug 27th 9-11pm) for a special viewing of Mars. The UCI Department of Physics & Astronomy will be joined by members of the OCA and their telescopes to allow the public the best possible view of Mars.
Come see the planet Mars, which will be at its closest point to Earth in 60,000 years, through the UCI Observatory’s high-power telescopes (including their 24" telescope). Observatory staff will also present a slide show about Mars and the solar system. In addition to detailed images of our neighboring red planet, visitors will be able to view other nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. The event is free.
Directions to the UCI Observatory: From East Peltason Drive turn south onto Gabrielino Road. At the top of the hill, turn left, and follow the gravel road.
In the event of rain, Visitor Night may be cancelled.
More information on the UCI Observatory and directions available here
Mars animation by OCA Member Marc Huber