Astronomy On Mars - Mars Society Convention

24th Annual International Mars Society Convention - 4 Days

PAST EVENT

Despite the atmosphere’s low density, meteors can be occasionally seen and are faintly visible. If the martian atmosphere was as dense as earth’s, they would've seemed brighter since co2 is heavier than nitrogen. The visibility of comets is dependent on external factors. The brightest comets that we see on the earth would be fainter on mars due to orbital differences. The seasons would be twice as long as on earth. The seasons and the respective tropical zones would be similar except the duration of the season and the temperature would vary. The summers would be less hotter and the winters will be more cooler. It orbits closest to the Sun when its southern hemisphere is tilted towards it, while the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun when it is farthest away. Phobos whips around Mars three times a day, while the more distant Deimos takes 30 hours for each orbit. Both of the moons are asteroid-shaped, lumpy, heavily-cratered and covered in dust and loose rocks. Phobos is the larger moon of the planet and would be visible in the martian night sky whereas deimos is smaller in size and it is farther away from the planet. Eclipses occur more frequently than on Earth. They’re shorter and last just about 30 seconds. All of the sun’s light will not be blocked due to the sizes of the moons. Phobos’ eclipse will be more visible than deimos' since it is farther away and smaller in size. Sunsets are blue because the atmosphere scatters all colors except blue which is received on the surface. It isn't scattered more than the other colors due to some molecules and particles in the atmosphere which have the ability to scatter solar radiation.

The 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention is Thursday-Sunday, October 14-17, 2021. This convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in the planet Mars to come together and discuss the science, technology, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

The website is https://www.marssociety.org/conventions/2021/ where you can register for additional Zoom sessions that are not in AltspaceVR

More info and session listings are in the hub world, code PDK958

This meeting is interactive. Most of the time the speakers and members are appearing on a Zoom screen. You will be able to grab the mike so you can talk to the people in Zoom.