Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.
This week’s Astro Biz is the Mars chocolate bar. The candy bar was not actually named after the planet, but for its creator, Forrest E. Mars, who developed the bar in the U.K. in 1932. The Mars company makes some of the most famous chocolate brands, including M&Ms, Snickers, Three Musketeers, Milky Way, and Dove.
Truth be told, we’d originally penciled in the Mars Bar in the University District for this week’s Astro Biz. (Believe it or not, we are semi-organized about this blog!) When we went up there to shoot some photos the other day, we found that the joint was no longer there, apparently closing in March. Oddly enough, there was a similarly named Café Venus and Mars Bar on Eastlake, and it closed in 2013. So, while the age of the solar system is in the neighborhood of 4.5 billion years, it appears that bars and restaurants named after Mars, at least, may not be quite so lasting.
You may have guessed that we wanted a Mars Astro Biz this week because the Red Planet was at opposition to the Sun yesterday, will have its closest approach to Earth for the year on Monday, and is at its best for observing in more than a decade.
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