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Calling all stargazers...

Don't know how many of you are stargazers but this should be worth watching for!!

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.

NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN

Comments

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poofusgirl
Aug. 5th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
A whole bunch of years ago, like 16, there was another planet that was viewable for a bit to the naked eye. I think it was Venus, but I'm not sure and they said it would be red. So my mom stayed up one night and looked for it and saw it! Or we thought we did because a few weeks later I could still see the "planet" out my bedroom window. We were looking at the light on top of a radio station tower the whole time. lmao
olivejz28
Aug. 5th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
OMG, that's so cool! I love stuff like that, especially since both the backyard and my window faces east. I can't wait to see! :)
jic
Aug. 5th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Cool!
chrismm
Aug. 5th, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
Very cool--I sent it along to my sisters and brothers, to do with my nieces and nephews... Thanks!
turps33
Aug. 5th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
That's so cool! I'm going to look for sure.
bossymarmalade
Aug. 5th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN

Your red all-caps TERRIFY ME!!

*cowers from Mars' all-seeing eye*
chootoy
Aug. 13th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
The red letters were used for the 'red planet' y'knob.


How you feeling, pookie? ::hugs::
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