Subject: Two Moons in the August Sky
> Starting in August, Mars will look as large as the full moon to the
eye. This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an
that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in
recorded history. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east
10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.
> By the end of August when Earth and Mars are closest, Mars will rise
nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m.
> The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to
34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the
object in the night sky.
> That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has
recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August
Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.
sure to watch the sky on August 27th. It will look like the Earth has
> The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
> Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its
astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to
in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before
> Share this with your children and grandchildren.
> NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN.
Cecil Herrng, Space Artist
aug 26 04