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Boise State hosts Mars viewing party

Posted: 12:02 AM, Jun 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-01 06:02:02Z
It's a special night for lovers of astronomy and everyone else too!
 
Mars made its closest approach to earth in over a decade.
 
Tuesday at Boise State, the physics department hosted a viewing party to celebrate.
 
The event kicked off in the Multipurpose Classroom Building with a public talk on the latest science of the red planet from planetary scientist Josh Bandfield of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
 
According to Brian Jackson, an assistant professor of physics at Boise State, the alignment making the view just right won't happen again for another two years.
 
Mars appeared bigger and brighter in the sky and a telescope wasn't needed to see it.
 
Boise State had telescopes on the quad for viewing the planet until 11 p.m Tuesday.