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Over-Head
07-18-2005, 05:41 PM
Any one know if there's any truth to this ?
(sorry of it's be posted before, I haven't hardly logged in for 2 weeks.)


MARS SPECTACULAR

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.

By August 27, 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 12:30 a.m. That's
pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in
recorded history.

Donger
07-18-2005, 05:44 PM
http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp

4th and Long
07-18-2005, 05:48 PM
Have you seen Mars lately? It's a pretty sight in the eastern sky before sunrise. To the unaided eye, Mars looks like a bright red star. A backyard telescope pointed at Mars will show you Mars' icy-bright South Polar Cap and strange dark markings on the planet's surface.
http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2005/11jul05/owens1.jpg

Bowser
07-18-2005, 06:18 PM
Have you seen Mars lately? It's a pretty sight in the eastern sky before sunrise. To the unaided eye, Mars looks like a bright red star. A backyard telescope pointed at Mars will show you Mars' icy-bright South Polar Cap and strange dark markings on the planet's surface.
http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2005/11jul05/owens1.jpg

Wouldn't that be the NORTH polar cap, or are the images inverted through a telescope?

Donger
07-18-2005, 06:27 PM
Wouldn't that be the NORTH polar cap, or are the images inverted through a telescope?

Yes, it's the North.

Here's a cool 3D image of the cap:

Brando
07-18-2005, 06:31 PM
Nice work on the Snopes link Donger

4th and Long
07-18-2005, 09:03 PM
Wouldn't that be the NORTH polar cap, or are the images inverted through a telescope?
spaceweather.com says south pole. Who am I to argue?