ADVISORY: Mars Opposition to Earth on August 27

To: Editors and Reporters

Re: Mars Opposition to Earth on August 27

Mars, our neighbor planet, will be 34,650,000 miles away from Earth on Wednesday, August 27, the closest it has been to Earth in nearly 60,000 years. And it won’t be this close again for nearly three centuries, not until August 28, 2287.

A member of Yale’s faculty is available for comment about this cosmic event. Sean O’Brien, associate research scientist and lecturer in Yale’s Department of Astronomy, can be reached at:

Cell Phone: 203-671-8544
Home Phone: 203-877-3157
Office Phone: 203-432-5796

He also can be reached by email at:

If you need further assistance, please call Jackie Weaver at Yale’s Office of Public Affairs at 203-432-8555. The general office number is 203-432-1345.

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