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08-19-2003, 05:49 PM
The next three weeks are "prime time" for Mars watchers as the red planet
comes closer to Earth than at any other time in our lives. These articles
will help you get the most out of the upcoming opposition.
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MARS AT ITS ALL-TIME FINEST
Mars is looming large and bright in the night sky. Make the most of it
with our online observing guide.
http://SkyandTelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/article_985_1.asp
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MARS IN 2003: WHICH SIDE IS VISIBLE?
To compare what you see on Mars with a map, you need to know which side of
the planet you're looking at. Our handy Mars Profiler tells you that and
more, for any date and time.
> http://SkyandTelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/article_997_1.asp
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MARTIAN FLARE WATCH
Will Martian flares like those observed in 2001 happen again in 2003?
Sharp-eyed amateurs have an opportunity to observe a rare phenomenon on
another planet and help solve a long-standing puzzle.
http://SkyandTelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/article_982_1.asp
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THE MARTIAN MOONS IN 2003
Have you ever seen Mars's moons, Phobos and Deimos, in your telescope?
Conditions for glimpsing these fleet orbs are now as good as they ever
get. Just don't expect to have an easy time of it!
http://SkyandTelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/article_1004_1.asp
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STORM WATCH ON MARS
If events of the past 30 years are an indication, there's a good chance
that the Martian landscape may soon be cloaked by a major dust storm.
Discover what to see on the red planet even if a dust storm is raging:
> http://SkyandTelescope.com/observing/objects/planets/article_1002_1.asp
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SKY AT A GLANCE
Mars rises in the east-southeast in twilight, shining bright, fiery
yellow. The red planet is beautifully placed high in the southeast by
midnight, daylight saving time. To read more about what's happening in the
night sky this week, visit "This Week's Sky at a Glance" at:
http://SkyandTelescope.com/observing/ataglance/
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BE PREPARED (Advertisement)
With two total lunar eclipses, a pair of bright comets, and a rare transit
of Venus, 2004 is going to be an exciting year for observers! Plan ahead
with these useful products from Shop at Sky!
SkyWatch 2004
> http://SkyandTelescope.com/SkyWatch
Celestial Wonders 2004 Calendar
> http://SkyandTelescope.com/campaigns.asp?id=368
> http://www.tq-international.com/Rome/RomeHome.htm
> http://www.tq-international.com/VeniceCruise/VeniceCruiseHome.htm