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    Default The Red Planet is about to be Spectacular

    Hey Bros,

    Got something interesting to share with u.............

    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.

    Last edited by FZ5owner; 3rd August 2005 at 12:56 PM.

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    cool! who's going to take pictures from day 1 to end?

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    means for the whole month, we may see something in the sky or only on Aug27 ?

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    Sorry to disappoint, but it's actually not going to be the case. Check out this URL:
    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...l_marshoax.htm

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    It's a hoax that Mars will be seen as large as the moon.

    Check this out:
    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2....htm?list21208

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    Quote Originally Posted by tincup
    It's a hoax that Mars will be seen as large as the moon.

    Check this out:
    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2....htm?list21208
    Thanks so much
    well........there's so much hoax this days, u might not know which is true or flase
    got the mail this morning, just wanna share....................

    as long is not virus.........still can keep an eye on the sky
    who knows, the scientist might be wrong

    wat happen in space, the scientific stuff, even scientist cannot comes out with a reason
    if not, we be taking a plane to mars for photo shoot...........

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    please..this crap has been circulating for quite some time now..actually since the last REAL close encounter by mars. in actual fact , closest means a few million km closer...perhaps slightly brighter and that's all. the significance was that in the last Mars Watch, Mars was closest to us than it will ever be for another 60,000 years but practically, it will still be very bright on closest point of approach. if you look due east around 3 am, you will see a bright reddish dot. that's mars.
    while you are at it, why waste a good view? look due west in tge evening for a very bright "star". that's Venus. above venus about 2-3 fist lengths away is another bright "star". that's Jupiter....enjoy

    for more info, do join in the discussion here where singapore astronomers gather.

    www.singastro.org
    (you can see my equipment list and some astrophoto efforts there as well)

    for more reading, also check this site :

    www.space.com
    (lots of news on astro and space topics)

    you can see some of the photos I took during the last Mars watch here (ok...very bad but my camera was not designed for astrophotgraphy and of course, my scope was small!)

    www.pbase.com/airconvent
    (why so little pics? cos the free account expired and I can't upload anymore pics!)

    cheers

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