The Mars Hoax… Again

August 27, 2008 at 5:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 Every August since 2003 I have been receiving emails about the “once in a lifetime” event when Mars will appear as large as the moon in the night sky.

Sorry, but that is an email hoax that has been circulating every August since 2003, when Mars did indeed make a closer than normal approach to Earth. But even at that time, it just looked like a bright star, nothing like the full moon. Here is a link with more information:
http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp
This week, Mars is barely visible, shortly after sunset near the western horizon. Here is another link with details on where the planets are this week:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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