Thursday, July 27, 2006
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 closest 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 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. Share this with your children and grandchildren.
IT SHOULD BE DULY NOTED THAT NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS planetary alignment AGAIN in HISTORY.
My son, Dane was born on Aug 27, 1998 in St Petersburg, FL and now resides in Bethel, CT? Could this all be just an astronomical coincidence? I am sure it must be...:)
Thank you for alerting me about this stellar event in history...:)
My only wish is that we could all be closer to one another and share in more LOVE and in the TRUTH - with ALL - who mean the most to US - everyday.
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