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MARS SPECTACULAR!

Postby Running Bear » Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:44 pm

MARS SPECTACULAR!

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 month.

Share this with your children and grandchildren.
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RE: MARS SPECTACULAR!

Postby Citrine » Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:25 am

Thanks Running Bear we are really looking forward to seeing this. :flo:

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RE: MARS SPECTACULAR!

Postby SpiritWalker » Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:33 am

Sounds good will look out for it, thanks RB
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RE: MARS SPECTACULAR!

Postby vicky » Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:26 pm

sounds amazing RB - actually I was thinking of Mars Bars (choccie) when I saw the heading!

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Postby Running Bear » Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:30 am

:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
Sorry everyone this is an old Email :cry: and as was pointed out to me this actually occured in 2003 not 2005. :-?
:oops: I apologise for getting your hopes up over this one LOl :oops:
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Postby BelieveinUnicorns » Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:29 am

http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp

Mars Spectacular

Claim: The planet Mars will make a once-in-our-lifetimes remarkably close approach to Earth in August.

Status: Multiple:

* Mars passed extraordinarily close to Earth in August 2003: True.

* Mars will pass extraordinarily close to Earth in August 2005: False.

* Mars will pass close to Earth in October 2005: True.
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Postby Fantasia » Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:21 am

Vicky
actually I was thinking of Mars Bars (choccie) when I saw the heading!
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