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Posted: 8/27/2005 9:03:26 AM EDT
Has anyone heard about somekind of lunar/Saturn event tonight??.....i hear that Saturn was supposed to be the closest to the moon that it has been for the last 3000 yrs or so??.any info from you gys......................and yes I tried to Google it and failed
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 9:33:14 AM EDT
Hope this helps


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. 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 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3a.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.

Share this with your children and grandchildren.
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 9:36:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2005 9:41:58 AM EDT by TheCynic]

Originally Posted By BULLZIBART:
Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Never mind, they are comparing views with a
a 75 power telescope.

eta: I think ^^ is from 2003, this is for 2005
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 9:51:26 AM EDT
Cool Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 10:01:35 AM EDT
I read in the local newspaper that the astrolological society got lots of calls about this. They say it's a farce. Aint gonna happen. Bummed me out. Got a new black rifle & 1200 rounds. I was ready for aliens. BUT WAIT! Maybe they got someone on the inside & this is gonna be a sneek attack. Im "packin" just in case.

Link Posted: 8/27/2005 10:01:41 AM EDT
Jupiter aligns with Mars

Link Posted: 8/27/2005 10:03:06 AM EDT
this is the dawning of thr age of aquarius...........oops sorry had a flash back to the 60's
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