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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mars on the Move

Don't you just love looking at the night sky?

The red star is really the planet Mars. It can be seen early at night in the east. In late January, Mars came very close to earth. It will not get this close again until 2014.

Yesterday was a very special day for planet Mars. Since December of last year, Mars has been moving east to west. It is called a retrograde motion.

Today the planet starts to move west to east. It will get more and more dim over the next few months.

You can have fun learning more about Mars by building a puzzle. Just go to

Photo courtesy NASA.

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