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Old 07-30-2003, 11:14 AM   #1
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a spectacular sight

Thought you would be interested in this. A once in a lifetime event.

The Red Planet is about to become a spectacular sight! 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.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within
34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be the brightest except for the moon
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
p.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 month.
this with your children and grandchildren.


link to view Mars Orbit

Enjoy the unexpected
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Old 07-30-2003, 06:05 PM   #2
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verrrry cooool!!!!!

I will spend extra time looking at the sky and am letting everyone I know about this. I always did enjoy looking up in the heavens, wondering if I'll ever get there. Thanks for all the info.

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Old 07-30-2003, 06:12 PM   #3
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Does anyone know how to book a little quality time with the 200" reflector telescope at Mt. Palomar near Escondido CA? I'd like to see Mars up-close and personal-like!

I guess I'll have to settle for the old backyard telescope!

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