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    Default Mars being the closest this Aug 28th



    I have an email that states that Mars will be the closest to earth this August 28th 2012 that it will be in another 250 years. That a 75 power telescope will be able to see it like it is a full moon. Has anyone any knowledge of this. I havent seen any other news about it and havent had alot of time to look.
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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    pure garbage- that email just doesnt know when to quit
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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    First: This is absolute nonsense.

    Second: Mars reached opposition last March.

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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    Quote Originally Posted by ttallos View Post
    I have an email that states that Mars will be the closest to earth this August 28th 2012 that it will be in another 250 years. That a 75 power telescope will be able to see it like it is a full moon. Has anyone any knowledge of this. I havent seen any other news about it and havent had alot of time to look.
    I am surprised the email doesn't ask for details of your bank account or credit card!
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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    Simple planetarium software will provide accurate information about celestial events, on-demand... Look into Stellarium, Cartes du Ciel, etc.
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    Oh, and the conundrum continues!
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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    A friend of mine got the same email in 2006. This is the original Mars hoax email. It's from 2003.

    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. 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 12:30 a.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 month. Share this with your children and grandchildren. NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN

    from an article by Fraser Cain: Will Mars Look as Big as the Moon on August 27? Nope

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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruud View Post
    Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
    Seriously!? It really bothers me that people forward this kind of nonsense around as if it's scientific truth. I recently had to go through the whole "Orion's belt / Three Planets / Whatever will align over the pyramids in Giza" thing with one of my friends on Facebook...

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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    What a difference puntuation makes!
    At a modest 75-power magnification

    Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
    should read:
    At a modest 75-power magnification, Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
    The latter is a true statement (for close opposition approaches).

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    Default Re: Mars being the closest this Aug 28th

    Yes Keith, you're right. I pasted that wrong. Could you fix that as moderator?

 

 
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