We Were All Martians Last Night / Buried Lake Discovered On Mars?

I wonder how many millions of people looked up at the full moon last night and saw Mars. What a sight! Once the clouds parted here in Duluth,  we were all talking about the big, orange star next to the big, bright moon. Members of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society and I set up telescopes for…
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Mars Madness! Red Planet Closest And Brightest In 15 Years

Saturn normally takes center stage among the planets. But this summer, Mars is grabbing most of the attention. If you haven’t seen it yet, treat yourself. Go out the next clear night and look to the southeast around 10:30-11 p.m. It’s that fiercely brilliant, orange star brighter than every other object in the night sky…
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A Case Of Conjunction-Itis / Mars Dust Storm Global But Weakening

Over the next week, the waxing and then waning moon will pass three bright planets — Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. First to get a visit will be Jupiter both tonight and tomorrow night (June 23). Saturn follows on June 27 and Mars on the 30th. The moon moves faster across the sky because it’s so…
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Mars Dust Storm Intensifies, May Go Global

The big dust storm on Mars has spread to cover a quarter of the planet. And the Opportunity rover has gone silent. NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover on June 12 but did not hear back probably because the charge in its batteries has dropped below 24 volts. At that point, the rover…
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Big Dust Storm On Mars — Opportunity Rover Hangs On

Mars is famous for its dust storms whether fictional as in the movie “The Martian” or for real. Right now, a for-real storm has NASA concerned for the health of the Opportunity rover, which has been trundling across the Red Planet for nearly 15 years. According to the agency “a dark, perpetual night has settled…
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