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Where is Mars now?

Mars is currently setting shortly after the Sun in the Southern Hemisphere, making it very difficult to spot.  Click here to find Mars in the night sky with the AstroViewer sky chart (you will need to do this before it disappears over the horizon at sunset!).

To whet your appetite, here is a delightful poem about Mars, written by Trevor Anders when he was just 10 years old.

The Red Planet

In all his glory and in all his splendor
He gleams with a demon red;
He gleams like the coals inside the fender,
He gleams through the night while we’re in bed.

He shines in red in all his glory,
Clothed in scarlet like a demon king.
He has witnessed an old, old story
That no-one has heard, not anything.

This story is how the earth came to be, 
How life began in primitive ways,
How gigantic lakes became the sea.
This story he’ll keep to the end of his days.

Nergal was his Babylonian name;
Feared with terror and with awe,
Known the most throughout all fame – 
Mars, the mighty God of War.

Trevor Anders – aged 10

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  • A Kiwi Mission to Mars! Meet the crew of the first ever kiwi mission to "Mars"!  Carter Observatory will be hosting a public talk by the KiwiMars 2012 crew on Wednesday, 21st March, 2012. Bookings ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2012, 2:34 AM by Kiwi Mars Society
  • The Case for Mars We are 4.5 billion years old.Born in a gigantic explosion when another sun went supernova fusing atoms inside an enormous blast. In no time the star disappeared leaving ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2011, 7:52 PM by Kiwi Mars Society
  • Ancient Traditions on Mars Sundials use the shadow cast by the Sun to tell the time since ancient times and they did a great job. The shadow of the Sun was also used by ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2011, 4:14 AM by Kiwi Mars Society
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Mars Science Laboratory has landed!!!
Landing date at Gale Crater, August 6, 2012 (NZ time)