posted on Aug, 27 2007 @ 05:10 PM
It is not Jupiter that was supposed to be the size of the moon, but the planet Mars. In any case, neither Jupiter or Mars would even come close to
approaching the size of the moon.
Since the planets rotate around the Sun in varying orbits, it is factual that Earth is approaching, and will soon overtake, Mars, but even at its
closest distance, Earth and Mars will still be 55,000,000 miles apart.
To get an idea of the relative sizes of the Moon and Mars in this context:
Using the diameter of the Moon (2160 miles) as an example, extend your arm towards the Moon, then exactly 18 inches from your eye, accurately place
the image of the Moon between your thumb and forefinger. Then, carefully measure the space between them, you will find a space of .162 inches. (A BB
pellet held between thumb and finger measures .177 inches)
On the other hand, using the diameter of Mars (4219 miles) and going through the same finger exercise, you'd find that the space now between finger
and thumb is only .0014 inches. Obviously this something you can't measure, but it is something that can be proven to be a mathematical fact.
Therefore, because of the large disparity of diameter sizes, Mars won't even come close to appearing to be the size of the moon and, in fact, one
could line up, side by side, 115 images of Mars aross the face of the Moon. Mars' small size and great distance from Earth is such that one,
usually, sees only the reflection of the Sun off of Mars and not the planet itself
Put another way, if you placed a regular sized golf ball (1.68" D.) at a distance of 609 yards from where you're standing, the view you would see of
the golf ball, if you could see it at all at that distance, would be the actual size that Mars would appear to be in the sky, if you could observe it
unhindered by the atmosphere.