Monday, 14 August 2006

Mars like the moon?

I received information via e-mail recently that advised everyone to watch the planet Mars this month, that it was about to be spectacular! The powerpoint explained that Mars was about to come within 34.5 thousand miles of the Earth. In effect, on 27 August 2006, it was going to look as large as the FULL MOON.

Naturally, I was intrigued and rather excited, but I am afraid I have discovered it is all a hoax. The following article from NASA explains that the moon did indeed come close to the Earth on 27 August 2003 and again in October 2005, but neither of these events even closely resembled the event described above. It figures!

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