David H. Levy's Evening Stars: When did modern studies of Mars really begin?
April 2011: Before scientific observations, a famous literary traveler brought public attention to Earth’s ruddy neighbor.
February 21, 2011
|What a question we have today! Of all the planets that reflect light back to us on Earth, Mars has beckoned more than any other. When far from Earth in its orbit, as it is now, there’s not much to see, but as Mars closes in, it brightens to become one of the most brilliant objects in the sky. The last time this happened was in 2003.|
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