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Another Chance to See Mars From
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary


August 28, 2003 :: No. 30

What: Orange County residents will have another opportunity to view the bright, red ball that is the planet Mars through Cal State Fullerton telescopes at the tranquil and rustic surroundings of the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. The Mars viewing on Aug. 25 proved to be so popular that the university is repeating the event.
When: Friday, Aug. 29, from 9 – 11 p.m.
Where: The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located near the end of Modjeska Canyon Road in south Orange County. Visitors may take Santiago Canyon Road to Modjeska Canyon Road and proceed to the sanctuary, which is near the fire station. Visitors also may call (714) 649-2760 to be advised of weather conditions that could affect viewing.
Background: Mars is nearer to earth than it has been for 60,000 years and won’t come closer until 2287, and is also comparatively high in the sky as seen from the earth’s Northern Hemisphere, according to the Griffith Observatory. The sanctuary, which is reopening Sept. 1, is hosting the Mars viewing as a preopening event. “The location of Tucker is a great place for local residents to view Mars,” said Jeff Cady, staff physicist at CSUF who will be at the sanctuary Friday night to answer questions. “The secluded site is away from city lights and much closer than other viewing areas with low light levels, such as Palmdale, Joshua Tree National Monument and Apple Valley.” The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary has been operated by the university as an educational facility for more than 30 years. The 12-acre preserve has been closed since last fall because of personnel changes and weather-related damage. Restoration work is under way, a new on-site manager joined the staff in July and a new director was named Monday.
Media Contacts: Birkin Newell, on-site Tucker manager, at (714) 649-2760 or bnewell@fullerton.edu
Jeff Cady, CSUF staff physicist, at 657-278-3246 or jcady@fullerton.edu
Dave Reid, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4855 or dreid@fullerton.edu

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