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posted on Sep, 29 2007 @ 06:48 AM
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Today I've read this: news.yahoo.com...

It says Mars will be closer and closer till 2014.
Does this have something to do with Marduk? Or an ordinary astronomical event?




posted on Sep, 29 2007 @ 07:02 AM
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Im probably very paranoid, but what if the glowing in the sky is Planet X instead... can somebody confirm this is really Mars?



posted on Sep, 29 2007 @ 07:23 AM
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The orbits of all the planets ( i think) are elliptical. That means they are not perfectly circular. If you google 'elliptical orbits" you can see examples. Dont be worried about this, its just something that earth and mars do about every 73,000 years.


Here is a solar system viewer. Shows what Im talking about.

janus.astro.umd.edu...

[edit on 29/9/07 by Pfeil]



posted on Sep, 30 2007 @ 07:07 AM
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Hi there. This is a perfectly normal astronomical event. As Pfiel pointed out planetary orbits are elliptical- Mars particularly so. This means that some Martian apparitions (i.e. a whole season when Mars is visible in the sky) are closer than others.

As a result Mars can be really bright when it is at it's closest point to the Earth. Due to the elliptical orbit however, some approaches occur when Mars is at it's furthest point from the sun, on these occasions, Mars may not be much brighter than a brightish star like Aldebaran in Taurus.

Hope this helps!



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