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A Mars once-in-our-lifetime viewing opportunity
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canuckistan
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:53 pm    Post subject: A Mars once-in-our-lifetime viewing opportunity Reply with quote

MARS SPECTACULAR!
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>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.
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>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
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>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 12:30a.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.
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>Share this with your children and grandchildren. NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL
>EVER SEE THIS AGAIN
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



That will be awesome! I wonder what global disaster the wingnuts will claim it portends. An empire will rise/fall? Tsunamis? The Ice Age?

I hope it doesn't fizzle like most of the comet things have in my lifetime.

Thanks for the heads up. Literally.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 2:31 pm    Post subject: Re: A Mars once-in-our-lifetime viewing opportunity Reply with quote

canuckistan wrote:

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

That line set off my BS detector. As usual, snopes.com was on it.
http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whooops! Gotta check my email sources Smile

I remember the 2003 sight of Mars--it was neat.

Although with a decent telescope it could be interesting again:

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Mars will make another fine appearance in 2005, but that occurrence will take place in October/November (not August), and the red planet will appear about 20% smaller than it did in 2003.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we should have a Dave's get-together for that. Go to one of those islands near Incheon for a weekend, rent a telescope (or bring along you-know-who if he's bought his already) and stay for the weekend.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mithridates wrote:
I think we should have a Dave's get-together for that. Go to one of those islands near Incheon for a weekend, rent a telescope (or bring along you-know-who if he's bought his already) and stay for the weekend.


the idea of a bunch of people rubbing their telescopes doesnt sound too appealing
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:27 pm    Post subject: yes Reply with quote

mithridates wrote:
I think we should have a Dave's get-together for that. Go to one of those islands near Incheon for a weekend, rent a telescope (or bring along you-know-who if he's bought his already) and stay for the weekend.


I concur. It definitely beats crap mexican food in Youido.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:35 pm    Post subject: Re: A Mars once-in-our-lifetime viewing opportunity Reply with quote

canuckistan wrote:
The next time Mars may
come this close is in 2287.


i'll wait til then, thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mithridates wrote:
I think we should have a Dave's get-together for that. Go to one of those islands near Incheon for a weekend, rent a telescope (or bring along you-know-who if he's bought his already) and stay for the weekend.


Doesn't Jongnoguru have an outpost out there?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kermo wrote:
mithridates wrote:
I think we should have a Dave's get-together for that. Go to one of those islands near Incheon for a weekend, rent a telescope (or bring along you-know-who if he's bought his already) and stay for the weekend.


Doesn't Jongnoguru have an outpost out there?


Yes, he's been busy property speculating and renovating beat-up old duplexes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: A Mars once-in-our-lifetime viewing opportunity Reply with quote

schwa wrote:
canuckistan wrote:

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

That line set off my BS detector. As usual, snopes.com was on it.
http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp


lol how could anyone think something that only looks like a small star to the unaided eye would look as big as the full moon just because it moves 1% closer to earth?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mithridates wrote:
I think we should have a Dave's get-together for that. Go to one of those islands near Incheon for a weekend, rent a telescope (or bring along you-know-who if he's bought his already) and stay for the weekend.


How do 10 people share one telescope?

There's nothing in the world I hate more than a telescope hog.

I'll tell ya right now, if I go and someone bogarts the 'scope, they'll be looking at Mars out the window of a hospital room.

God Damn astronomy angers me
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate telescope hogs too. Mad I suspect that the telescope hog will distract the others with beer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bagsy first dibs on the telescope!!! Me! Me!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Sunset on Mars. Released by NASA on June 11th
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