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    Default Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    Today a friend told me that the planet Mars is coming so close to earth that it can be seen from earth without any telescope. In fact it will come so close that it will look as large as the moon.

    He said that we will be seeing Two Moons in AUGUST 27,2010.

    Is it true? Anyone else heard this?

    I also saw some web pages claiming the same thing.
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    Default Re: Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    not gonna happen, at least not without divine intervention. If it happens.... aint happin.. nope.. impossible.

    Its just [EB]. Not Elite B[a]stard or anything like that.
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    Default Re: Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    Heh, sorry. Apparently the Earth is not going to become reminiscent of Tatooine (a planet from Star Wars which has two moons) in August 27, 2010.
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    Default Re: Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    Actually Mars was seen form earth a few years back, but it looked like a small star, (the same way we see Mercury and Venus), Why can't it happen again?
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    Default Re: Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by fishd990 View Post
    Actually Mars was seen form earth a few years back, but it looked like a small star, (the same way we see Mercury and Venus), Why can't it happen again?
    distance of mars from earth ranges from 36 million miles to 260+ million miles depending upon their positions on their respective orbits. Moon from the earth on the other hand is only 0.238 million miles away... and moreover, mars is only double the diameter of the moon... so u get the idea, how slim chances are to see mars as big or even remotely close as the moon...

    http://www.floridastars.org/moon_mars.html

    this pages says mars looks 500 times smaller than the moon.

    however if u meant whether mars is visible at all in the sky; mars comes close to earth every 2 years... so in the time when mars is closest, you should be able to see mars (if u can figure out which one in the night sky it is...)

    Many years back when i was in school, I went to National Science Museum. They had a decent telescope there. I had seen saturn with its rings and the moon... if ur interested u can check that place out...
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    Default Re: Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by HolySlayer View Post
    distance of mars from earth ranges from 36 million miles to 260+ million miles depending upon their positions on their respective orbits. Moon from the earth on the other hand is only 0.238 million miles away... and moreover, mars is only double the diameter of the moon... so u get the idea, how slim chances are to see mars as big or even remotely close as the moon...

    http://www.floridastars.org/moon_mars.html

    this pages says mars looks 500 times smaller than the moon.

    however if u meant whether mars is visible at all in the sky; mars comes close to earth every 2 years... so in the time when mars is closest, you should be able to see mars (if u can figure out which one in the night sky it is...)

    Many years back when i was in school, I went to National Science Museum. They had a decent telescope there. I had seen saturn with its rings and the moon... if ur interested u can check that place out...
    good post..and this Mars rumor seems to come back every year! i heard this same thing in the last year too!
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    Default Re: Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by HolySlayer View Post
    distance of mars from earth ranges from 36 million miles to 260+ million miles depending upon their positions on their respective orbits. Moon from the earth on the other hand is only 0.238 million miles away... and moreover, mars is only double the diameter of the moon... so u get the idea, how slim chances are to see mars as big or even remotely close as the moon...

    http://www.floridastars.org/moon_mars.html

    this pages says mars looks 500 times smaller than the moon.

    however if u meant whether mars is visible at all in the sky; mars comes close to earth every 2 years... so in the time when mars is closest, you should be able to see mars (if u can figure out which one in the night sky it is...)

    Many years back when i was in school, I went to National Science Museum. They had a decent telescope there. I had seen saturn with its rings and the moon... if ur interested u can check that place out...
    Thanks Man!! But I feel a bit disappointed too. Someone close the thread.
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    Default Re: Mars coming closest in 2000 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by fishd990 View Post
    Thanks Man!! But I feel a bit disappointed too. Someone close the thread.
    dont b disaapointed.. we r safe because that isnt gonna happen.. chk this out..

    Quote Originally Posted by NASA Science on July 7, 2005
    Beware the Mars Hoax

    Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter--but not as close as some people think.

    Just when you thought it was safe to read your email.... There's a rumor about Mars going around the internet. Here are some snippets from a widely-circulated email message:
    "The Red Planet is about to be spectacular."


    "Earth is catching up with Mars [for] the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history."


    "On August 27th … Mars will look as large as the full moon."
    And finally, "NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN."


    Only the first sentence is true. The Red Planet is about to be spectacular. The rest is a hoax.


    Here are the facts: Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter this year on October 30th at 0319 Universal Time. Distance: 69 million kilometers. To the unaided eye, Mars will look like a bright red star, a pinprick of light, certainly not as wide as the full Moon.

    Disappointed? Don't be. If Mars did come close enough to rival the Moon, its gravity would alter Earth's orbit and raise terrible tides.


    Sixty-nine million km is good. At that distance, Mars shines brighter than anything else in the sky except the Sun, the Moon and Venus. The visual magnitude of Mars on Oct. 30, 2005, will be -2.3. Even inattentive sky watchers will notice it, rising at sundown and soaring overhead at midnight.


    You might remember another encounter with Mars, about two years ago, on August 27, 2003. That was the closest in recorded history, by a whisker, and millions of people watched as the distance between Mars and Earth shrunk to 56 million km. This October's encounter, at 69 million km, is similar. To casual observers, Mars will seem about as bright and beautiful in 2005 as it was in 2003.


    Although closest approach is still months away, Mars is already conspicuous in the early morning. Before the sun comes up, it's the brightest object in the eastern sky, really eye-catching. If you have a telescope, even a small one, point it at Mars. You can see the bright icy South Polar Cap and strange dark markings on the planet's surface.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Above: Painted green by a flashlight, astronomer Dennis Mammana of California points out Mars to onlookers on Aug. 26, 2003, the last time Mars was so close to Earth. Photo credit: Thad V'Soske.
    One day people will walk among those dark markings, exploring and prospecting, possibly mining ice from the polar caps to supply their settlements. It's a key goal of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration: to return to the Moon, to visit Mars and to go beyond.
    Every day the view improves. Mars is coming--and that's no hoax.

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