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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-06-2005, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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You might find this interesting

Mars
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> The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!
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> 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
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>
>
>
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> 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.
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>
> Share this with your children and grandchildren.
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> NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN
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I thought it was interesting. Mars as big as the moon?

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thats neat. i can deffinately get off my @$$ and look up to see a once in a life time event. thanks jeeps.

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thats neat. i can deffinately get off my @$$ and look up to see a once in a life time event. thanks jeeps.
If I can remember I will bump post closer to date. If it gets as big as stated, I don't think I will have to remind anybody.

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Yeah already read this and I thought I posted it here before...

YES I DID!!! Mars Spectacular!!

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Quote:
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Mars
>
>
>
> 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.
>
>
> NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN
>



Interesting.....my son is getting more and more interested in the stars and plantes here lately...with it being his birthday TODAY....my husband and I are taking him the Brickyard here in Indy...and got him, his first telescope....he cant wait to try it out....that would be neat to use it to look at that...I'll keep that date in mind...thanks!!!

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Ya well check out my thread I linked above...it's cooler!




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