Mars is a comin

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by leghome, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. leghome

    leghome Member

    Received this in my e-mail today

    First Time in Human History.

    Mars is going to be a second moon of earth for a day.


    The Red Planet (MARS) 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. By August 27, 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 family, friends, children and grandchildren.
  2. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Sorry to rain on your telescope Larry :( but I'm afraid that it is just another internet hoax. I fell for it too until a friend steered me in the right direction. Please note the following:

    This is data for when Mars was bright in 2003. It will be bright and at its closest in October 2005. In 2003 it was even closer. One note in this message is that Mars will appear as large as the full moon when veiwed with the naked eye.......impossible. It will appear that way when viewed through a telescope at 80x magnification. For more info, click the link below.

    :( :( :( I was looking forward to it too.
  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    I wonder if the Martians will attack then? :rolleyes: The classic H.G.Wells War Of The Worlds tells us that's when the Martians attacked earth when Mars was closest to the earth.. :eek: :D
  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    This is going to be something to see.

    LOL Brakie, that is a good one. :D :D
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I got that e-mail too :( :( It will be as bright as the moon - but about the same size as it always is :) :) Just the brightness will make it worth looking for :)
  6. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

  7. XavierJ123

    XavierJ123 Member

    My daughter informed me that the hoax went around the Internet three years ago. I was really disappointed when I found out that is was a hoax. I was feeling kind a "special" and now I feel-------------
  8. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    If they run trains, I say Let 'em Come. :D :D :D :D
  9. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    me to Clark....have a good one..steve
  10. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    for those of you who have not been keeping up, the mars rover website is worth a visit:

    yep, these little critters are still driving around mars, learning new stuff, and taking some impressive photographs.

  11. zedob

    zedob Member

    "Greetings Earthlings, We bring...TRAINS"

    I'd like to see thier prime movers. MMMMMM...Martian...Mo...tive...Power

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