is this true?

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fatal291

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Two moons on 27 August*<br /><br /><br />*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for...*<br /><br />The planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting in August.<br /><br />This will culminate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth.<br /><br />Best watching should be Aug. 27 about 12:30 am.<br /><br />On a clear night, it is supposed to look like the earth has 2 moons.<br /><br />It will look as nearly large as the full moon to the naked eye.<br /><br />The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
 
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bobw

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No. Mars will never look nearly large as the full moon to the naked eye. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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My guess is 10 per year for the next 422 years <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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telfrow

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<img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <strong><font color="#3366ff">Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find and not to yeild.</font> - <font color="#3366ff"><em>Tennyson</em></font></strong> </div>
 
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nexium

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The apparent area of the Mar's disc will increase about 1% between now and 27 August, perhaps 2% more area than typical of July 07. Only the careful observer will notice the increase, and Mar's will still appear to be about 1000 times smaller than the Moon in area of it's disk. Neil
 
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3488

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Not this bloody thing again.<br /><br />Firstly Mars came closer to Earth in August 2003 since September in 57,000 BC IIRC.<br /><br />Secondly, even then Mars was over one hundred times further away than the Moon was.<br /><br />Goodness sake, it is time this went away.<br /><br />Andrew Brown. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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fatal291

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ugh. i forget making mistakes in science is worse than just about anything else. i know i know
 
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mithridates

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Well, at least it's a hoax that turns people's eyes upward. I wonder if it wasn't created for just that reason. Let's create a hoax about Ceres next. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>----- </p><p>http://mithridates.blogspot.com</p> </div>
 
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Come on, let us have a little fun.<br /><br />It is 105 F outdoors, and I am going to be on line for quite a while . . . <br /><br /><br /><img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#ff0000"><strong>TPTB went to Dallas and all I got was Plucked !!</strong></font></p><p><font color="#339966"><strong>So many people, so few recipes !!</strong></font></p><p><font color="#0000ff"><strong>Let's clean up this stinkhole !!</strong></font> </p> </div>
 
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fingle

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I have been enjoying the nightly view of Mars, and I am really thrilled to see. The Pleiades star cluster, followed closely by Aldebaran. <br /><br />Actually in the order I am seeing them I think it is, The Pleiades, Mars, then Aldebaran. Also off to the North Capella, and high overhead hangs Cassiopia, looking kind of upside down at this time.<br /><br />Maybe it is just my eyes or the hazy summer skies but Aldebaran and Capella seem almost as red as Mars. <br /><br />fgl<br /><img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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dragon04

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Antares is pretty red to the naked eye as well. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <em>"2012.. Year of the Dragon!! Get on the Dragon Wagon!".</em> </div>
 
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fingle

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Re: Antares is pretty red to the naked eye as well. <br /><br />And is well out of view for the montage I have been enjoying.<br /><br />If I had a clear horizon or could stay up later, then giant betelgeuse would be red up there with them.<br /><br /><br />fgl<br /><img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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To my eyes, Antares and Aldeberan are the reddest naked eye stars, followed by Betelgeuse, which by the way is peeking over the horizon to the right of the Pleides/Mars/Aldeberan trio before dawn.<br /><br />Next in color are Arcturus and then Capella with a tellow hue.<br /><br />Again that's to my eye, your mileage my vary. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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fingle

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There must have been less humidity last night as Capella definitely looked yellow to me. Maybe the humidity doesn't matter as much as how high in the sky it is at the time of viewing, but this is the first time that I have seen capella to be more yellow than red.<br /><br />fgl<br /><img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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yevaud

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<i>Not this bloody thing again.</i><br /><br />Yeah. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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