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Stargazing From Home With Kids: Best Stargazing Conditions

By Evan Dunn 
 
Some conditions are more friendly for star-gazing. Plan for stargazing on nights with a clear sky, meaning no cloud cover, along with low humidity and reduced dust. You can see stars better in the winter months, so bundle up and get ready to look up! Also, keep an eye on the moon cycle and plan your stargazing adventures for when the sky will be darkest.

Perseverance is about to land on Mars!

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center
 
NASA’s next Mars rover, named Perseverance, will be landing on Mars on February 18, 2021. Launched on July 30, 2020 (another name for the mission Mars 2020), the spacecraft will complete an almost 300-million-mile journey and begin its exploration of Jezero Crater.
 
So, what will Perseverance do during its planned mission? It will spend almost two Earth years (about one Martian year) doing the following:
 

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