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Mars is now a bright object in the morning sky. For the first three weeks of August, Mars is in Gemini, then on August 25 it moves into Cancer.
Originally posted by xMJRx
August 25, 2003: At 09:51 universal time (UT) on August 27th, Earth makes its closest approach to Mars in nearly 60,000 years. The two worlds, center-to-center, will be just 56 million kilometers apart--a short distance on the scale of the solar system. The last people to come so close to Mars were Neanderthals.
Share with your friends, because no one living on this earth has ever seen!"
The Mars hoax was a hoax circulated by e-mail that began in 2003, that claimed that Mars would look as large as the full Moon to the naked eye on August 27, 2003. The hoax, which has since resurfaced every year from 2005 through 2013, began from a misinterpretation and exaggeration of a sentence in an e-mail message that reported the close encounter between Mars and the Earth in August 2003. At that time, the distance between the two planets was about 55,758,000 kilometers, which was the closest distance between them since September 24, 57,617 BC, when the distance has been calculated to have been about 55,718,000 kilometers.
It is quite obviously scientifically incorrect that Mars, normally never more than a dot in the night sky, could suddenly become visibly large due to normal variations in orbit. If Mars did appear as large as the moon it would be so close that it would cause catastrophic gravitational effects — Mars has about twice the diameter of the Moon, and hence would be about twice as far away for the same apparent size. It has nine times the mass of the Moon, and would have over twice the gravitational effect (nine times the larger mass divided by relative distance squared).
Yeah, thought as much, what a shame, a sight like that would be absolutely amazing and very exciting, i just don't understand why people make things like this up, what does it achieve for them?
Originally posted by xMJRx
Hello ATS, I found this strange info floating about online, but i don't know what to make of it to be honest, is it even possible?, and if it is, then it should be quite a sight if it looks anything like the picture below which i imagine has been made that way to show what it might look like to us on the ground?
"WARNING! August 27 at 00:30 Lift up your eyes and look up at the night sky. On this night, the planet Mars will pass just 34.65 million miles from the earth.
To the naked eye it looks like two of the moon above the ground!
The next time Mars will be so close to the Earth as much as in 2287.
Share the news with your friends, because no one living on this earth has ever seen!"