Check Out This Mars Viewing Party Tonight at Boise State 

click to enlarge - Mars will be as close to Earth on May 31 as it has in a decade. -  - NASA/PUBLIC DOMAIN
  • NASA/Public Domain
  • Mars will be as close to Earth on May 31 as it has in a decade.

The Red Planet on May 31 will be closer to our blue marble than it has in a decade, and the Boise State University Department of Physics is inviting the public to celebrate.

Join students, faculty and staff for a Mars viewing party at 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Classroom Building for a discussion directed by Space Science Institute planetary scientist Josh Bandfield. He'll talk about latest developments in science conducted on the fourth planet from the sun.

At 9:30 p.m., the group will reconvene at the Quad near the Administration Building, where the Physics Department will have telescopes trained on Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

According to Boise State Assistant Professor of Physics and event organizer Brian Jackson, this is a chance to see Mars in rare form.

"This celestial alignment won't happen again for two years, so the event will be an unusually good time to view our sister planet," he wrote in a press release.

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