October 29, 2005

Mars closes in

Today, the planet Mars will be 69 million km from Earth — the closest it will be for the next 13 years.

Shevill Mathers, Leatherwood Online’s sky guru writes:

Astronomers around the world will be making the most of this close approach of the planet Mars.

The term ‘planet’ is not a scientific or astronomical term but has been used since early times to describe a ‘wandering star’.

Continued …

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