Every 26 months, Earth catches up to Mars and passes directly between Mars and the Sun, an event called opposition. This year, there’s an opposition in late July; Mars and Earth will be closer than any time since 2003. This month’s talk is an updated version of “Mars! The Red Planet in fact, fiction and lore”. We’ll cover the significance of Mars – both the planet and the Roman god – in mythology, as well as its continuing presence in popular literature. Oh, and some science, too.
Talk starts in the AB Ceder room. After the talk there will be stargazing if the weather permits. Free; open to the public. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress warmly, as even in the summer it may be chilly.