MARS as seen from
Fishcreek Observing Site
|OK, it's that time of year again - time
for the barrage of emails stating:
1) "Mars will be as big as a FULL MOON on August 27!" or
2) "There will be TWO FULL MOONS on August 27! This is a once-in-a-lifetime event!" or
3) Something similar to the above.
Well, the information provided in these well-meaning emails is absolutely positively DEAD WRONG!!!!
Read all the information on this page and, if you're satisfied, copy and paste this link:
in an email reply to your friends / family / co-workers that sent you the information in the first place.
As you can see in the chart below, Mars isn't even VISIBLE tonight!
It will set at 5:47pm this afternoon and won't rise until 2:38am tomorrow morning when it will look like a medium-bright
reddish star, much dimmer than Jupiter.
Inner Solar System - the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars on 8/27/2011
(Created using Software Bisque's TheSky software)
As you can see in this graphic, Mars is quite distant from the Earth. On 8/27/2011, It will be 187,030,800 miles away.
The Earth, on an "inner track", is steadily catching up to Mars and will be at its closest on 3/3/2012 when it will be 62,658,902 miles away
and appear 1/130th the diameter of the full Moon.
Very sincerely yours,
"Time spent observing the heavens is not deducted from your life span"
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