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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
MARS by perfectbitch on 16 August 2006 3:57pm
Got this from a friend and thought you may be interested.


The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that
will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in
recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is
in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on
Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be
certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth
in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as
60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when
Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and
will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in
the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9
and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest
75-power magnification

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
Mars will be easy to spot. At the
beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m.
and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are
closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its
highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty
convenient to see something that no human being has
seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at
the beginning of August to see Mars grow
progressively brighter and brighter throughout the
Share this with your children and grandchildren.

Re: MARS by Spursfan on 16 August 2006 4:21pm
Well, personally I am hoping to be alive to see the next one too....

Oh well.
Re: MARS by canaveralgumby on 17 August 2006 1:31am
Is this up to date? Two years ago, on August 27, my brother's birthday, he was visiting me and we stood in line at the planetarium for 3 hrs. to view this occurance through their telescopes.

Mars is still very close and easily observable, but I think the official occurance was a few years ago.

Re: MARS by Lounge Trekker on 17 August 2006 1:35am
I'll be looking for it. As large in angular size as the moon? This will be worth staying up for! Hey, it'll be worth buying a telescope for. What time zone is that?

Things are looking up!

Lounge Trekker
Re: MARS by perfectbitch on 17 August 2006 1:48am
I tend to agree with you Cori now that i think about it. The mars probes were sent to land when Mars was near to it's closestness. (sorry for the clumsy words - it's late)

Re: MARS by sighthound on 17 August 2006 1:51am
I think so, too. Went to a friend's then where he had set up telescopes.
Re: MARS by peripatetically on 17 August 2006 7:39am
It is a "hoax". This happened, like you said, two years ago. There was an article in our newspaper warning people about this story being circulated around the globe and that it's old news. There doesn't seem to be an explanation for how it got started.
Re: MARS by kazzzz on 17 August 2006 8:04am
Aww I got all excited for a minute then....
Re: MARS by peripatetically on 17 August 2006 8:07am
Sit back and enjoy an egg

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