About Mars: Red Planet Rising

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Mankind has dreamed about visiting our red neighbour and now you can give others the experience from Earth!

Create an event and take your telescope out with friends, family, or your local astronomy club. Even if you don't have a telescope you can still point Mars out in the sky share what's happening and what you know about this amazing planet and the big event taking place.

Register your event so others know where to find you, and earn a personalized participation certificate to download and share when your event is over.

Share your event photos and stories with others through a blog on the AWB site (members only).

It's all about sharing!

Have visitors take their pictures with Mars, the "star" of the event. Project a live image Mars on a wall from a telescope if you can. Project a photo of Mars from a computer. Print a photo and tape it up. Make a banner of Mars. Make a cut-out, a foam Mars. Be creative! Create a "Photo Booth" for photos of your visitors with Mars as a souvenir of this historic event. 

What: Show Mars to everyone so that they can share in viewing this planet's beauty.

When: 28 July, depending on where you are. If it's not a good night then hold your event when you can. But the most important thing is to show Mars whenever you can!

Where: Check out these sky maps to find where Mars will be in the night sky on 28 July.

Convert the UT time given above to your time zone. 

Post a Member Report about this Program

To receive continued support for AWB, we need to document the success of our programs. Posting a member report demonstrates your enthusiasm for the astronomy community and enables you to share your activities with new friends around the world.

Program Goals

  • Reach out to show and share the wonders of Mars
  • Celebrate Mars' closest pass to the Earth this year

Stay tuned for some downloadables (PDF) that you can print to advertise your event locally:

You can use these to give out on your special night (PDF or docx):

Download this set of 4 Mars fact cards to use on your social media pages (jpg).

Use the AWB logos for your website or Facebook page - you can find them here.

Mars sky chart for 28 July.