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The Last Time This Happened, We Weren't Civilized

Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Aug 07, 2005 1:02 am

This from a friend at NASA.
I just wanted to give "you all" a "heads up" because 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 wayJupiter'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 sest, 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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Post by Ralph » Sun Aug 07, 2005 5:05 am

Is Mars artificially illuminated?
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:08 pm

Ralph wrote:Is Mars artificially illuminated?
By what? Flourescent bulbs?
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Post by Ralph » Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:24 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
Ralph wrote:Is Mars artificially illuminated?
By what? Flourescent bulbs?
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Red lanterns?
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Ted

Post by Ted » Mon Aug 08, 2005 5:02 am

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Tell your friend at NASA your friend Ted says he’s got his head in the clouds
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050808.html
http://space.com/scienceastronomy/050708_mars_hoax.html

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:22 pm

Thanks, Ted. What a smashing photo!
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