Mars Program at Southbury Public Library on Oct. 27

Mars! The Red Planet in Fact, Fiction, and Lore

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 2-2:30pm, join us for this fun Zoom event all about Mars presented by Denis L. Williamson of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club.

Throughout September and the first half of October, rising earlier each night and becoming brighter, is a brilliant orange-red dot in the southern sky.  What is that?  It's MARS!  Every 26 months Earth catches up to Mars and as the distance between them decreases Mars becomes much brighter.  On Oct. 13, 2020 Earth and Mars will be in line with each other and the Sun, an event called opposition.  For this opposition Mars is closer and higher in the sky than usual; viewing of the red planet won't be this good again until 2035. 

 This talk will cover the "Mars Madness" of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the hold Mars has in popular culture and some of the latest scientific findings.

 Denis Williamson is Secretary of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club, which has been looking up since 1956.  When the "indifferent skies of Connecticut" permit, Denis enjoys looking at the Sun and planets.  On warm windy days he's often sailing on Bantam Lake.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this program is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency.  Space is limited and registration is required. Please visit the link below or call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. A zoom link will be sent prior to the lecture.

Registration Link: https://www.southburylibrary.org/events/mars-red-planet-fact-fiction-and-lore


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