Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by moreluck, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Coming soon - MARS!! !
    since this won't happen again for between 5,000 and 60,000 years...might
    worth a look now. I'm sure some of you already know and are watching for
    this phenomenon, but if you aren't - here's your chance.


    The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!

    This month the 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.

  2. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member


    I don't know, More, I might hang around and se it again!
  3. traveler

    traveler Where next? Venice

    Who says? I really don't want to miss it the second time around. :tongue_sm

    We will be in the Baltic Sea early in August so it should provide a good look without city lights to interfere. In late August we plan to be in the desert southwest so again, we should be able to have another good look. I hope it will be half as great as the full solar eclipse we saw while cruising the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year.
  4. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I have been informed by a friend that this event already took place in 2003. So sorry. Hope no one planned a party around this happening.

    I'm embarassed. :blushing: :blushing:
  5. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Great. Now I do have to hang aroundfor at least 5,000 years......

    At least I'll be in feeders.....
  6. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    over9five......this is so "par for the course" for me. Every time we are on a trip, hubby will point and say..."look, a deer" or "look, a prarie dog". I look as fast as I can and say, "Where?" I always miss it. Now I've missed an entire planet!

    If my eyes are bad now, imagine what they'll be like in 5000 yrs. :lol:

    Oh well....
  7. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I say we pick a place now, where we will all meet in 5,000 years to watch the event.

    I'll bring the beer...
  8. traveler

    traveler Where next? Venice

    I'll be there! mmmmmm... BEER :w00t:
  9. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    "I'll be there!"

    Hell, Traveler, you've probably already been there!!!