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Do you believe that at the closest approach of Mars to earth the red planet will be the same size as the full moon? If you do, see:
http://www.snopes.com/science/mar s.asp copy

Watch early on Monday hight/Tuesday morning. What is your opinion?

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines /y2007/21aug_hurtlingtomars.htm?l ist752383 copy

Sadly this lovely lunar eclipse will not be visible from Europe. What do you think?

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines /y2007/03aug_dreamyeclipse.htm copy
asked in IQ, general information, opinion

soft.centre answers:

I was told that if I look at Mars through a telescope ( or good pair of binoculars) it will look as big as the moon does to the naked eye!
I was also told it gets this close every year - or at least very regularly.
Bit of a swizz, but still definitely worth a look.

Supplement from 08/25/2007 03:54pm:

Sorry, should have read the link before writing my answer!!

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warriorprincessxena1 answers:

Wish I lived in teh Southern Hemisphere-they seem to have all the decent vantage points!!!
Should we wait for the invasion then??
Mars has captivated the imagination for centuries and still continues to do so but my real question is, what happened to the probes sent to Mars which stopped responding???Did they see Martians??
Is the Face on Mars just geometric shapes or actually a temple built to some alien race???

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rosie299 answers:

I read in a magazine that this is in fact not true. Apparently this idea is circulating on the web. But - not true. We'll have to wait and see.

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billgemmell answers:

The link points to the info being possibly inaccurate, but I will certainly be watching on Monday night, allthe same. Thanks for the info.

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athenabs13ohe answers:

sheesh, it is true you can see mars, also venus at same time, was watching sky last night. (to hot to sleep.)
here is the link. Am lucky i got no street lighting so can se quite alot in my back garden. here is the link.

The red planet rises in the east just before midnight in mid-month. This means that it is high in the south-east sky by the time dawn arrives.
An event well worth staying up for – if you're the late-to-bed type – happens between the 18th and 25th. Then Mars will appear to be an extra star in the Hyades star cluster of Taurus, the Bull.
The waning gibbous Moon is above the planet on the 7th. Between 01:00 and 03:00 the Moon moves in front of the Pleiades star cluster. Look out for occultations galore as stars pop in and out from behind the Moon. Another one for you astro-photographers.


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KentPDG answers:

Absolutely not. Mars is approximately half the size of Earth, and our Moon is just over a quarter the size of Earth. But the Moon is a mere 238,000 miles away, while Mars at the closest is more than 35 million miles away.

The apparent size of a celestial object is related to its diameter and its distance. The Sun is about 400 times the diameter of the Moon, and it is about 400 times as far away from Earth. Therefore the Sun and the Moon appear virtually equal in size, to us; which is why complete solar eclipses are possible.

With Mars about twice the diameter of the Moon, but at its closest about 140 times farther away, it will appear far smaller than the Moon, even when at its closest point to Earth.

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