Sunday, August 14, 2005

close to Earth

A few days ago, I got this message through my mobile's SMS:

Planet Mars will be brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look large as full moon to the naked eye. This will culminate August 27 when Mars comes within 34.65 million miles .of Earth. Be sure to watch the sky, August 27, Saturday, 12:30AM (after midnight of 26th). It will look like the Earth has two moons. The next time Mars comes this close will be 2287. Share this with your loved-ones and friends as NO ONE alive will ever see it again.

Isn't this cool? According to this site:

At the beginning of August, Mars will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

More info about this phenomenon here.


Rob said...

whoa! looks like me and my sister will go up the water tank to gaze at the skies again.. that thing also happened about two years ago, right?
know what? yer blog's always worth a visit.. it's becoming a habit now - visiting this blog..
keep it up!

~*galenlondeien*~ said...

wow thanks for the compliment! too bad i'll be stuck in the office at that time. i don't think i'll get to see it at exactly 12:30am but i hope the sky's clear and i can still see it at about 4am that day. it's 1-hour break from work and i can go mars-gazing that time. :)

~*galenlondeien*~ said...

erratum: this event happened 2 years ago. I verified this from the person who sent me the text, it was a forwarded text and I think it was just a hoax. Sorry! :(