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Learn about Mars mission, view the planet, at IU Kokomo open house

December 3, 2018

KOKOMO, Ind. – Mars and three winter highlights will be visible, weather permitting, at the last Indiana University Kokomo Observatory open house of 2018.

Patrick Motl, associate professor of physics, will begin the open house at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 9, with discussion of the recent successful arrival of NASA’s InSight lander on Mars.

After its seven-month, 300-million-mile journey, InSight landed successfully November 26, 2018. InSight will use a variety of tools to study the geological state and history of Mars over an expected two-year mission.

For more information regarding the landing of InSight, visit mars.nasa.gov/insight.

Immediately following the presentation, those attending will be able to view Mars, along with three winter highlights including the Pleiades, Crab nebula, and the Orion nebula, until 9 p.m., through the Observatory’s two telescopes, a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together.

The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light-collecting area.

The open house is free and open to the public, at the Observatory, 2660 Washington Street. Free parking is available on campus.

Story written by Makenzi Ruff. Makenzi is an intern in the Office of Media and Marketing.

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Last updated: 12/03/2018