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The Martian are getting closer...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by bigbluesuburban, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. bigbluesuburban

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    [FONT=&quot]Mars [/FONT][FONT=&quot]
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    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[FONT=&quot]. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]
    [/FONT]
    Mars 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
     
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    Mars, Earth - Closest Approach in Recorded History

    Summary:
    Email claims that Earth and Mars will have the closest approach in recorded history in August and will be a spectacular site for stargazers.

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    Was true in 2003, but is now outdated.

    Example:(Submitted, May 2005) 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. Mars 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!



    Commentary:
    Someone has recently resurrected and sent off this message and it is once again being passed from inbox to inbox. Although the year is not specifically mentioned in the message, recipients may naturally assume that it is referring to the current year, 2005. The events outlined in the message were more or less true back in 2003 although they were a little hyped even then. According to NASA, on August 27, 2003, Earth and Mars were the closest they have been for around 60,000 years. Mars was indeed a spectacular site in the night sky during several months of 2003.



    However, this fact is not quite as earth shattering as you might think. A 2003 NASA article on the subject explains that:
    Much has been made of the fact that the August 27th encounter with Mars is the closest in some 60,000 years. Neanderthals were the last to observe Mars so favorably placed. This is true. It's also a bit of hype. Mars and Earth have been almost this close many times in recent history.
    Mars will in fact pass close to Earth once again in 2005, although it will be at its closest on October 31st rather than August 27th. However, the red planet will not pass quite as close as it did in 2003. In 2003, Mars came within approximately 34 million miles of Earth. In late 2005 it will pass at about 43 million miles.

    In reality, this distance gap will probably not make a great deal of difference to casual observers on the ground. Mars will still be a spectacular and compelling site in the night sky in late 2005 in spite of the fact that it will not be quite as close to Earth as it was in 2003. What's more, these close encounters are not such uncommon events.

    Thus the claim that "NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN!" is a little misleading. It is true that the next time Mars will be as close to earth as it was in 2003 will be on August 28, 2287. In the mean time however, there will be plenty of other close approaches, so our children and our children's children are not likely to miss out altogether.

    Perhaps by 2287 some of our descendents will be observing the close encounter from the Martian perspective.


    Write-up by Brett M.Christensen
     
  3. bigbluesuburban

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    Ya know, I was afraid of this. But I didn't take the time to investigate it. I should have followed my gut on this one. DAMN that pisses me off. Next thing ya know I am going to be sending my bank account information to a wealthy businessman in India trying to get his money out of the country. Ruckin' Fetarded I am!!!
     
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    Nope, I am a retard. I am still pissed that I fell for that BS. Cause you know, anything on TV, on the internet, or in an email MUST BE TRUE.
     

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