Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member percula99's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    618

    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!

  2. #2
    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    3,174
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    88
    Cool,thanks for sharing, I didn't know about it.

  4. #4
    Senior Member percula99's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    618
    Well after checking out the link Krugar provided, apparently this is a hoax. That's really disappointing.

  5. #5
    Moderator cres's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    1,963
    Check this out, it is true:

    http://www.autointell-news.com/europ...BMW/bmw312.htm

    Well, okay, it isn't a close encounter with mars, but, it is slightly more attainable.

    .... unless you host a reef in your house.
    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

  6. #6
    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    3,174
    Well if we're going off topic, check out the condom reef:

    http://www.snopes.com/risque/penile/reef.asp

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    742
    That's just sooooo wrong!

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    6,316
    Bummer .. I wanted to wave to my dad
    Rob

  9. #9
    Moderator cres's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    1,963
    Is your dad a shiek on the reef ?
    Or is he riding Explorer on Mars ?
    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •