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    CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH MARS

    Never again in our lifetimes will the Red Planet be so spectacular!
    This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars, 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. The
    encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within
    34,649,589 miles 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 Mars will rise
    in
    the east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. But 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 12:30 a.m. That's
    quite convenient when it comes to viewing a celestial occurrence that
    no
    human 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. August 27th
    will be the close encounter!

    Share this! No one alive today will ever see this again.
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    I'll have to check my sundial to see if I can work it in.
    I'll have my people get with your people.



















    SOUNDS GOOD
    Be looking forward to it.
    SMARTY SMARTY HAD A PARTY NOBODY CAME BUT SMARTY

  3. Lounge   -   #3
    what line of longditude will it be best seen at?

    im in the uk

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    10" telescope picture.

    Where is Mars? Mars Locator

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    ALL ur questions answered......


    Why Mars will be So Close to Earth in August?

    http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/mars...t_030121-1.html



    Where is the Red Planet Now?

    http://www.space.com/spacewatch/where_is_mars.html


    The Summer of Mars: What You'll See, How to Observe

    http://www.space.com/spacewatch/mars_obser...ing_030613.html



    Really interesting topics....
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    Well, I currently can't see Mars.

    But a blood-red sun and moon are ...interesting.

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
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    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
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    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
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    i would like to see it but cant afford a telescope


    proud to be american

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    Although you won't see any detail, it is already very visible after about 10pm, and should get a lot better by next week. You should be able to see quite good detail with a decent pair of binoculars, providing you can hold them steady enough.
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    i would like to see it but cant afford a telescope

    There are many skywatching events at the local astronomy clubs/planetarium's..
    check out in ur area....
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    i would like to see it but cant afford a telescope

    There are many skywatching events at the local astronomy clubs/planetarium's..
    check out in ur area.... do not miss this opportunity....
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