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    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


    Thats a creepy feeling !

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    60,000 more years until this happens again. Thanks for the heads up on this, peat moss. I will remember and watch for it. Can you imagine what they worried was happening when this happened five thousand years ago?

    How many generations are in 60,000 years? I cannot imagine.

    I guess it would depend on whether you are figuring generations from male or female lineage.

    I think about two thousand generations will work. Easy math that way.
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    Chances are the world will destroy itself before our childrens children(100 times over) gets to see this.

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    Well, Canuk, you are right. Game of chance and wonder, it seems.

    I guess we best make the most of and enjoy every day we have. I am doing my part.

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    Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
    ummm, i doubt it
    it will appear brighter & larger around this time, but nowhere near that big.
    it's been getting noticably brighter for a few weeks now, fairly easy to find as it's rising away from the milky way in a relatively dark area of sky.
    comes up here about 11pm-ish at the moment.
    at dusk here we can see venus & saturn in the northwestern sky
    with jupiter nearly straight overhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanu
    Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
    ummm, i doubt it
    it will appear brighter & larger around this time, but nowhere near that big.
    it's been getting noticably brighter for a few weeks now, fairly easy to find as it's rising away from the milky way in a relatively dark area of sky.
    comes up here about 11pm-ish at the moment.
    at dusk here we can see venus & saturn in the northwestern sky
    with jupiter nearly straight overhead.

    Ya and I can see Uranus clearly tonite too !

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanu
    Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
    ummm, i doubt it
    it will appear brighter & larger around this time, but nowhere near that big.
    it's been getting noticably brighter for a few weeks now, fairly easy to find as it's rising away from the milky way in a relatively dark area of sky.
    comes up here about 11pm-ish at the moment.
    at dusk here we can see venus & saturn in the northwestern sky
    with jupiter nearly straight overhead.
    I think the original post had strange paragraph breakage...

    Quote Originally Posted by peat moss
    At a modest 75-power magnification

    Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye
    That makes more sense!

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    so mars is basically gonna look like the moon ?
    Single handedly destroying the NHS from the inside

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemby!
    so mars is basically gonna look like the moon ?
    Yeah, if you magnify it 75 times.

    Have you Given up on reading for the summer holidays, Gembs
    I plan on beating him to death with his kids. I'll use them as a bludgeon on his face. -

    --Good for them if they survive.

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    Shut it manrod. She's God and may very well bring Mars on your head if you give Her any cheek.

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