Friday, August 27, 2010

Mars Hoax

According to some news sources, an e-mail is circulating which claims that Mars will be "as large as the full moon" tonight (August 27th, 2010) and tonight only: "NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN," the e-mail concludes. The e-mail sounds so plausible because it is, in fact, true... except that the August 27th Mars event happened in 2003.

Yes, Mars did come as close to the Earth as it has in some 60,000 years (!), but it never appeared "as large as the moon," nor will it ever. Actually, tonight, Mars will be as far away from our planet as it gets, as its orbit around the sun is longer than that of Earth's.

Live Science says the e-mail circulates every year and has, since 2003.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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