Mars watch canceled due to fire Missoulian

Mars will wait. “Everybody’s so psyched to see Mars this week,” University of Montana astronomer Diane Friend said Thursday. “But it will be just as spectacular well into September.” In fact, the viewing could be better in September because the red planet will be higher in the nighttime sky, giving watchers less atmosphere to peer through, said Friend, who organizes and hosts summertime open houses at UM’s Blue Mountain Observatory.