Special Programs for the Emory Community
“Here Comes Mars” Planetarium
Shows and Deck Party
Saturday, August 23, 2003
8:30 to 11:30 PM
- Emory faculty, staff, their family and friends are cordially invited
to a deck party and planetarium show to note and observe the closest
passage of Mars to Earth in the past 59,000 years. (Don't miss it
- Bring your own deck chair and cooler (no alcoholic beverages please)
and gather on the big terrace in front of the entrance to the planetarium--weather
permitting on Saturday evening, starting at 8:30 PM.
Location: 400 Dowman Drive.
- Planetarium shows "Here Comes Mars!"
start at 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30.
- The deck party is weather permitting. Planetarium shows will take
place rain or shine; there is no reserved seating.
- As Mars approaches, Emory astronomers will image the “peach
planet” with our DFM 24-inch diameter telescope and digital
camera equipment. These images will be captured on video and also
sometimes transmitted from the rooftop observatory into the planetarium
where they will be projected live. From 11:00 to 11:30 PM,
Saturday night, the planetarium will be open for drop-in viewing of
the live videofeed of Mars—weather permitting.
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
10:00 PM to 1:00AM
- As Mars get closer, Emory astronomers will continue to image Mars
with our 24-inch Cassegrain telescope and digital camera equipment.
- Students, faculty and staff are invited to drop into the planetarium
between 10:00 PM, Tuesday night and 1:00 AM, Wednesday morning
to see a live video feed (weather permitting) direct from the telescope
into the planetarium.
- Even though we will not be able to show Mars through an
eyepiece at the telescope, we cordially invite you to view
the live, closed circuit images from the telescope which will be projected
into the planetarium.
- The live video feed is weather permitting, of course. Otherwise
you will get to enjoy some of the previously recorded video from the
observatory. This is not a planetarium show; just drop in to see the
live image of Mars as it pays us its closest visit in the last 59,000
years or so.
- Due to the size of our rooftop facility, we cannot offer viewing
through the eyepiece of the telescope to crowds of people. For that,
we recommend Fernbank Science Center. For more information, visit