NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN!

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  1. JCS

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    A friend of mine sent me this today, I though this was interesting...

    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 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.
     
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    Gonna be some excellent pictures comin onto theinternet after that event... My brother told me about this 2 weeks ago...

    Awesome...
     
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    For centuries they had watched us with a growing hunger, biding their time...

    (cue War of the Worlds soundtrack)

    High iron content NEO's passing within a hundred thousand kilometres of Earth, the magnetic poles switching polarities, another geological age at an end, gamma ray bursts on the rise and Mars passing close.
    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

    Okay if anyone sees a kid looking through a telescope and screaming, run.
     
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    I'll just cough on them.
     
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    Wasnt this last year?? Im pretty sure a similar event happened last year.
     
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    That was with Venus...
     
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    Ah yes, so it was...
     
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    And this is alot more of an event than that was.... With a good telescope, ull be able to see the ice cap.... Should be pretty cool....
     
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    I used to have a huge fascination with astronomy, it used to be my favourite hobby, but then we got a computer...
     
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    My brother and my Dad have some real nice gear... Not sure of the power and what not, but my Dad has like 60 lenses..... He teaches an Astronomy Class at the Merchant Marine Acadamy...
     
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    I allways loved atronomy, not that much astrology. i often go to planetarium and watch the bloody objects - allways with chilling in my back... btw, do you know that another planet of SS was found? It's temp called 2003 (it was discovered in 2003)

    "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines"
    I wasn't on amph, but the night 27th-28th was one of my most fuck-up nights, I was drinking for 30+ hours in a row...
     
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    Cool, look forward to seeing it
     
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