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2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 7:05 AM

I received the following email during my summer vacation. I didn't read all the threads since (way too many) so please forgive me if somebody has already mention this.

DONT FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE NIGHT OF 26 AUG........ Two moons on 27 August

27th Aug the day the Whole World is waiting for... Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 7:26 AM

I'm having trouble with this one. According to some back-of-the-envelope calculations, a Full Mars is a minimum of 46 times smaller than a Full Moon.

26th August sounds like a bad night to get the British Airmen back to Blighty. Someone will see us! Michelle and the Resistance need to postpone things. I need to spook with her.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 7:32 AM

I'm sure MASU, Jorrie and a bunch of other "sky-watchers" will enlighten us as to what to look for. Guys...?

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 10:30 AM

This is what is known as an internet hoax. This is at least the third year it's come around the nets.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 10:39 AM

Hi Bhankiii,

If you are right and this is an internet hoax, than I truly apologize. I do believe that we need to be on the watch for cosmic events that will happen once-in-a-lifetime but hate wasting time on hoaxes. Thanks.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 10:41 AM

I have also seen this email several times in the past number of years. I do not believe that there is any way on earth, without the assistance of a telescope, to see mars the same size as our moon.

Sorry.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 12:50 PM

Snopes says it's False.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 1:17 PM

Thanks Julie, I now stand "officially" corrected

Is there anyway to remove the post so nobody wastes time on this?

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 3:24 PM

Leave it up - that's the only way people will learn about the hoax.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

07/31/2007 8:36 PM

Hoax or not I´m borrowing my son´s telescope and heading seaside to take a peek.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/01/2007 5:34 AM

No one alive will see it this time either.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/01/2007 6:56 PM

"DONT FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE NIGHT OF 26 AUG........ Two moons on 27 August"

FORGET IT. DON'T MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

DON'T MARK YOU CALENDAR -IT'S A NO SHOW

GET OVER IT.

It Was a Hoax in 2005 - Worse in 2007 !

Read the text CAREFULLY, "At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye."

POSTED IN HASTE MAKES WASTE OF TIME FOR ALL TO REFUTE AND/OR CORRECT!

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/01/2007 7:20 PM

I have to mark my calendar for Aug. 26, that's my Mom's birthday! I forget that and I'll be seeing stars!

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/02/2007 10:09 AM

ooh - thanks for reminding me, my sister's b'day is coming up!

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/02/2007 7:15 AM

SS,

I already apologized for posting it and asked for it to be removed. You didn't HAVE to read it you know...

Sorry I ruffled yours feathers.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/02/2007 9:56 AM

"Sorry I ruffled yours feathers." No offense taken.

Just setting the record straight.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/02/2007 10:28 AM

Your message read like you were angry. Glad to see that it wasn't the case.

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/02/2007 9:32 AM

Read the text CAREFULLY, "At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye."

That was when Mars was closest in August 2003 and 25" (arc seconds) diameter. Today, Aug 2, Mars is only 6" and one would need 253 power for Mars to be the size of the full moon.

As a note, Mars is in opposition this year in December ( If I remember correctly it is Dec. 19, 2007) and it will be about 16" .

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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/02/2007 4:45 PM

glad the issue was brought to Forum. Thanks Rick.


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Re: 2 moons - Aug 27, 2007

08/04/2007 4:55 PM

So from doing a quick Google search, I noticed that this rumor comes around every year in August. I saw postings that go back to at least 2005. So I have doubts that this is true.

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