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Volcanism in the Solar System

January 15, 2020

New Zealanders were recently reminded why our country is known as ‘the land of fire and ice’ after the Whakaari/White Island eruption which tragically took the lives of many who were visiting...Read More

Mars 2020: Rovers Leading the Way for Humans

November 18, 2019

In July of 2020, NASA will place an unnamed rover (currently known as Mars 2020) on top an Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This car sized rover will be blasted off Earth and shot...Read More

Mars Dust Storm Blog Post

A Monster on Mars

August 1, 2018

Although the Mars opposition and closest approach were in late July, the planet still looks spectacular and will remain brighter than Jupiter for all of August. To the eye, a brilliant orange...Read More

Mars at Opposition Mad About Mars Science Fiction Movie Night

What’s Happening with Mars?

July 10, 2018

This month, Mars will come the closest to Earth it will be for the next 17 years, making it bigger and brighter than usual. Both Earth and Mars follow elliptical (oval-shaped) orbits around the...Read More

NASA Mars Announcement Curiosity Rover

NASA Announces Its Recent Discovery on Mars

June 8, 2018

In a ground-breaking announcement from NASA,  the Martian rover, Curiosity, has discovered organic molecules on the surface of Mars. The Curiosity Rover was launched in 2011 and has spent the...Read More

Image of Mars

Mars Moves Into Opposition – 2016

April 27, 2016

In May, look up at the night sky and wave “hello” to Mars. The “Red Planet” will be at opposition on 22 May, bringing it to within 75.3 million km of Earth, the closest it has been since...Read More

Liquid water found on Mars

Liquid Water Found on Mars

September 29, 2015

This morning we woke to an exciting announcement from NASA – liquid water flows on Mars. Dark streaks seen on images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have been analysed and the...Read More

Up Close and Personal with Mars

April 7, 2014

On April 14, Mars – our nearest, potentially habitable planet – will be at closest approach, giving Earth dwellers an opportunity to view the red planet in extra detail. In 2014 Mars reaches...Read More