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Mars Hoax with a twist this year!

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  • Spirit of the Night
    Ahhh… The first sign of the end of Summer has arrived! Just as the robin announces the beginning of Spring, so too does the Great Mars Hoax announce the end
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 13, 2007
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      Ahhh… The first sign of the end of Summer has arrived! Just as the
      robin announces the beginning of Spring, so too does the Great Mars
      Hoax announce the end of Summer. If you haven't gotten this e-mail
      yet, you soon will. My colleagues and I, from Planetariums all over
      the world, are already getting inquires about it. Here it is…



      **** Two moons on 27 August *****

      * August 27 the whole world is waiting for.............*

      Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting
      August.

      It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
      This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M
      miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am.
      It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars
      may come this close is in 2287.

      Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will
      ever see it again.





      This e-mail is a hoax that will not die! Although it is based on some
      truth from 4 years ago... Mars did come within 34.65 million miles of
      the Earth on Aug 27, 2003, but even then, it was NOT even remotely as
      big as the Moon. In fact, it appeared 69x SMALLER than the Moon!
      The Moon is ¼ million miles away from the Earth and Mars is about
      twice the size of the Moon. Therefore, Mars would have to get within ½
      million miles to look as big as the Moon, not 34.65 million miles.

      But, the e-mail is correct in that the next time Mars will get as
      close as 34.65 million miles will be in 2287. (I'm not waiting around
      for it.) So while there was a LITTLE truth to it 3 years ago, now
      it's just another internet hoax that will not die.

      HOWEVER! There IS a TRUE astronomical happening on Aug 28th this
      year! (THIS year, i.e., 2007!)

      There will be a Total Lunar Eclipse on the 28th starting at about 4:30
      AM EDT (3:30 AM CDT, 2:30 AM MDT, and 1:30 AM PDT.) Moreover, this
      should be a good one as the Moon will be passing deeper into the
      Earth's shadow that it has done in the Lunar Eclipses of the past few
      years.

      Ironically, even though the Moon will be in the Earth's shadow,
      totally cut off from the Sun's light, it WILL appear as an orange-red
      color during totality as it is lit by sunlight refracted, or bent,
      through the Earth's air. In other words, it will be lit by all of the
      sunrises and sunsets around the world. This means, that while Mars
      will NOT be as big as a Full Moon on the night of August 27th, the
      MOON will have the color of Mars a few hours later in the pre-dawn sky
      of August 28th!

      But remember, it's not Mars looking as big as the Moon… it is the Moon
      looking like Mars!


      Laurent Pellerin

      Founder, Southern Nights Astronomical League

      Coordinator, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
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