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ASTRONOMERS HOPE FOR GOOD WEATHER - ON MARS

As well as keeping their fingers crossed for good weather during next week's close approach of Mars, astronomers are hoping that the skies will be clear on Mars itself.

During National Astronomy Week - Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 August - observing events will be held across the country where the public can view Mars through telescopes. It is expected that thousands of people will turn out to see the planet closer than it has been for almost 60,000 years. But it's not just our own familiar clouds that could spoil the view. There is a risk that a major dust storm on Mars could wipe out any of the surface details visible on the planet.

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