bad moon risin'.....

got this in an email and thought i should pass along--pretty cool stuff.


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 and 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!!

9 comments:

Adam and Kristina said...

I guess since I'm busy trying to destroy the Earth, I can devote a little time to supporting Mars.

devri said...

I am a destroyer!!!!

Amy said...

I am thinking you are going all scientific on us. You're showing emails eh? Why don't you post the beer commercial my religious, and ultra conservative husband sent?

Tanja said...

I will pass it along, good stuff.

Holly H. said...

huh... cool.

LN said...

Hate to burst ya bubble, but I'm afraid it's not true:

http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp

Sorry, but my SO works for NASA and has been involved with quite a bit of Mars-related stuff. I figured that if it was really true that Mars would seem as big as the moon to the naked eye, he would have been pretty hyped up over it & since he hasn't said anything to that effect, i thought I'd go see what snopes had to say.

Becky, yep said...

So neat...I'm Googling star shows now! I'll post the slc ones...sorry you're not up here! Actually...I'll post St.G ones too!
Thanks

Tiburon said...

I was just going to burst your bubble but I see that someone beat me to it....

Holly O. said...

Well, it would have been cool!