Mars Event Attracts Enthusiastic Viewers
The Institute for Astronomy's
Mars Event drew more than 100 students and members of the community to
Kapiolani Park on September 16. Although the closest approach of the two
planets had occurred three weeks earlier, Mars was still large and bright
enough to be visible with the naked eye and, certainly, with a small telescope.
Participants heard IfA
planetary astronomer David Tholen discuss a range of topics centered on
Mars and viewed the planet through portable telescopes with the assistance
of IfA graduate students and faculty. A laptop computer provided further
information and showed images of the red planet, and star charts, poster
calendars, and other materials were also available.
Comments from students
were enthusiastic: "Learned so much!" "Fun and interesting!" "[I]
would gladly participate in another astronomy event." "I didn't
decide my research topics yet, but now I think I'll choose astronomy-related
topics." "Dave is so knowledgeable, I learned so much from his
talk!" "I wish I could purchase a telescope to look at the sky
on my own."