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Travel Forums General Talk MARS SPECTACULAR

1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

This is travel on a large scale ...

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 pm and reach its azimuth at about 3 am.

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 am. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded histroy. So.....mark your calendar at the beginning of august to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brightger throughout the month.



2. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Awesome Wocca, I love to see the moon on my way home from work especially when its full, can't wait to see Mars what a trip

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

That's gonna be cool!

4. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Now now Wocca, are you getting a bit carried away there? If Mars will still be 34,600,000 or so miles away from Earth and the Moon is approx 250,000 miles away then Mars would have to be considerably larger than it actually is to appear larger from Earth. I tried doing the maths but my brain started hurting

5. Posted by wplemon35 (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

this is two years old!!

6. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

maybe it did not happen 2 years ago at the end (some astronomer's 'small' mistake) - I don't remember anything strange on the skies that time.

lets wait and see - interesting story anyway

7. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

Can't wait to see it! It's so interesting! There's the observatory near me so I think it should be unforgettable

8. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

I'm not 100% sure, but I think there was some fuss about Mars being extraordinary visible when I was in NZ... And that was actually two years ago. Sorry to disappoint you guys!


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