take a look... could it happen?

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Jake (JarJarBinks) Chief Captain

my dad sent me this E-mail tell me what you you think it could happen?


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
Share this with your children and grandchildren.


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CRJCapt Chief Captain

Mars comes close to Earth after 73,000 yrs - The Times of India
In a rare cosmic rendezvous, Mars will come closest to earth after a phenomenally long gap of 73,000 years on August 27, when the red planet will look as big as Jupiter to the naked eye.

I didn't think that it would get as big as the moon. I will be watching. I'll have to dust off my telescope. 🙂

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Jake (JarJarBinks) Chief Captain

same here its under my bed

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Canyon (NoWorries) First Officer

Don't forget to duck!

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mcmxl Trainee

This sounds just like the hoax that went around last year. 😕

Madbrit Guest

It's not a hoax. It's just that it already happened in August 2003.

The story has been doing the rounds about his time each year since.

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hms_endeavour Chief Captain

aaahhhhhhh,the planet of war and drought is the closest to ours...what a coincidence...

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simon roourke (simon123) First Officer

wowwwwwwwwwww im into that kind of thing big time. new to me. will be watching out for it. will be on news to i think . thanks.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

Madbrit wrote:

It's not a hoax. It's just that it already happened in August 2003.

Madbrit is right. I thought that I'd heard it before but I was not sure. Looked it up on the Internet and it was 2003.

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oreo005 First Officer

are we saying the artical is talking about 2003 or 2006?

All I want to do is see mars!

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Jake (JarJarBinks) Chief Captain

i think they need to be planning a manned space flight there big time THIS IS ALMOST A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT!!!!!

they predict it wont happen for another 2 centuries 😳 WOW 😳

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

It happen in the year 2003, almost three years ago. It's over.

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Jake (JarJarBinks) Chief Captain

yes i know but i dont remember anything like that happening then.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

I vaguely remember the news mentioning it. Mars was more visible but still looked like a star to the naked eye. It was noteworthy but not a spectacular sight, astronomers may disagree. I just mean that if you didn't know, the average person couldn't tell by looking into the night sky. 🙂

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CaptDennison First Officer

Well, forget Mars-

2004 XP14 close approach around 4h44m UT July 3, this 600-meter/yard diameter asteroid, a space rock, called 2004 XP14 will whiz by earth at a distance of 268,624 miles! And bright enough (11th magnitude) to see through backyard telescopes!

Capt. Dennison

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tomthetank Chief Captain

Im not 100% sure as to the date,but a few years ago(under 10) an asteroid big enough to cause havoc if it had hit the Earth,passed between the Earth and the Moon.
Now thats close 😳

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