Noo, it's not the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
In a prologue to Halloween, the Red Planet - actually it looks more the color of a jack-o'-lantern - tonight made its closest pass by Earth ...until 2018. So, there was a special telescope-viewing outside the Florida Museum of Natural History (nr Harm Museum) beginning at 7 p.m., and the we "had a chance to see the best show on Mars in years".
It was organised by a team of amateur astronomers from Florida Astronomy Club at UF. Got to see Moon, Venus, and Mars real close. Even the lighter ice caps in the red planet was visible!
Well, the overall xperience was quiet good: starting from Sriram's driving us to that place.. to the actual view of mars as a orange disk.. &those amateur astronomers and enthusiasts proudly advertising their telescope stations and thrusting forth all their geo knowledge. [/)]
Also had visited the Musuem on Thursday evening.. since Naresh said the Butterfly Rainforest would be open for free public viewing.. its wasn't though, so we instead ended up whacking the skeletons out of their joins ;) and dragging ourselves back to SW16th.
Florida Museum of Natural History, UF, Gainesville
p.s: Haho. must get a camera soon//