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MarsWith NASA’s recent confirmation (September 28, 2015) of the prescence of liquid water on Mars’ surface comes a renewed interest in the eternal question, “Are we alone in the universe?”

One clue? Scientists have long known that water ice exists at the Martian poles, and that water vapor can be found in the Martian atmosphere. And in fact, no other planet or moon in our solar system is known to have liquid water on its surface, although there is evidence of entire oceans under the surface of a few moons in the solar system.

So, is there life on Mars?

if your child is enthralled with that question or would simply like to get a better look at objects in the night sky, the DASEF’s Mountjoy Observatory “Eyes on the Skies” sessions may hold the answer. Weather permitting, for two hours, you can explore the universe in the observatory and learn about the moon, the planets, and constellations through family activities, short films and observation. The fee is $5/person. Limit: 15-20 participants.

The Mountjoy Astronomical Observatory is attached to the Environmental Outpost, located at 585 Big Oak Roadin Smyrna, Delaware. The observatory is home to a 16”Meade Telescope and 3 Orion Newtonians.

Upcoming “Eyes on the Skies” dates include:

  • October 9, 2015 8:00pm to 10:00pm Planets and Visible Constellations
  • October 23, 2015 7:30pm to 9:30pm Bring Your Own Telescope Lunar Celebration
  • November 20, 2015 7:30pm to 9:30pm Planets and Visible Constellations

For a complete list of dates and to learn more, please visit Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation.

Celebrating 30 years of excellence in education! Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is the undisputed leader in 1-on-1 tutoring in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania for over 60 subjects. The company offers Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware and a Delaware Business and Trade School for ages 16 and older. In addition, the company offers translating and interpreting in 16 languages throughout Delaware. Back to Basics is the winner of numerous awards for academic and business excellence including the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Photo by Victor Habbick. Used with permission by Free Digital Photos.

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