Mars Spectacular!


#1

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 10 P. 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 12:30 A. 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 !

-Dave-


#2

Cool :smiley:


#3

i may have to whip out the ol’ digi for this one :rock


#4

:banana Perhaps we’ll be close enough to encounter Martians.

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/3882/freak9bn.png

-Nick


#5

[quote=Viper-GTS]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 10 P. 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 12:30 A. 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 !

-Dave-[/quote]

hate to quench your enthusiasm, but ill see it sooner or later (from out in space) but its not THAT big of a deal is it?


#6

[quote=lemon]
hate to quench your enthusiasm, but ill see it sooner or later (from out in space) but its not THAT big of a deal is it?[/quote]

I guess youre a scientologist???

:rofl :rofl :rofl

I actually just found out they believe in aliens or believe they are aliens…or something like that??? :tard :tard :dunno :tard :tard


#7

Re: RE: Mars Spectacular!

Ok new rule, Brian is not allowed to talk about whipping ANYTHING out ever again.

Anyway, I’m gonna hve to remind myself to watch that.


#8

thats pretty neat. I hope I get to see it.


#9

[quote=CareBear3030][quote=lemon]
hate to quench your enthusiasm, but ill see it sooner or later (from out in space) but its not THAT big of a deal is it?[/quote]

I guess youre a scientologist???

:rofl :rofl :rofl

I actually just found out they believe in aliens or believe they are aliens…or something like that??? :tard :tard :dunno :tard :tard[/quote]

no, just that the human race will have the capability to at least do some spacial travel… commercially…

:dunno :tard


#10

Re: RE: Mars Spectacular!

Ok new rule, Brian is not allowed to talk about whipping ANYTHING out ever again.[/quote]

:rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl

-Nick


#11

I will see it on the internet


#12

:agree