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Planetarium to try one more night to hold special viewing of Mars

Staff at Ritter Planetarium hope the third time is the charm.

After canceling a special program to see Mars as it makes its closest approach to Earh over the weekend, Ritter Planetarium will hope for clear skies Monday, March 5.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., guests will be shown a short presentation on the 40-foot dome in the newly renovated theater. Following that 6.5 million-pixel display, guests will be escorted up to Ritter’s 1-meter telescope.

“This alignment only occurs once every two and a half years, and guests will be able to make out mountains, clouds and the polar ice cap,” said Alex Mak, associate director of Ritter Planetarium. “There are really very few communities in the nation that have access to as large and advanced a telescope as UT’s, and we want to make sure the public has access to it.”

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 4 through 12, seniors, and UT students and employees. Children 3 and younger are admitted free.

For more information, call Ritter Planetarium at 419.530.2650 or its 24-hour information hotline at 419.530.4037, or click here.

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