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Observatory to Focus on Red Planet Opposition on July 28

Posted: July 26, 2018

Mars will become unmistakable on Saturday night, July 28 at Western Nevada College’s Jack C. Davis Observatory.

With the Red Planet approaching closer to Earth than normal and opposition occurring as well, stargazers will definitely notice the second smallest planet in the solar system.

As long as the skies are clear, observatory visitors will see this phenomenon, even though the Red Planet will be nearly 36 million miles away. Opposition occurs when the Earth is directly between Mars and the Sun.

Brian Bahouth of KNVC (95.1 FM) provides more details about the Mars opposition and the observatory in his interview with Jack C. Davis Observatory Director Dr. Thomas Herring at

Jack C. Davis Observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive on the Carson City campus.