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Planet Mars

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Muddytazz, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. Muddytazz

    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity!

    Never again in your (or my) lifetime will the Red Planet be so spectacular.
    This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars, 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. The encounter will culminate on
    August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles 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 Mars will rise in the
    east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. But 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 12:30 a.m. That's pretty convenient
    when it comes to seeing something that no human 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! No
    one alive today will ever see this again.
     
  2. SUBFAN

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  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I work nights and we've been watching Mars the last couple of months in the East sky...it's already quite cool to look at./forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Even without a telescope you can see it's got a red tinge to it and it is quite bright.

    Rene
     
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    The Perseid Meteor Showers will peak on Aug 12 & 13th.
    Best time to see it will be in the pre-dawn hours of the 13th. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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