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Mars Passage

05/26/2009 8:16 AM

I have been reading about the close passage of the planet Mars scheduled to occur in August. It is to be as bright as the moon, which means we should get a good view of the Red Planet even with small telescopes.

What is the expected gravitational effect on Earth?

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Re: Mars Passage

05/26/2009 8:22 AM

<...It is to be as bright as the moon...>

.......though much father away...

<...What is the expected gravitational effect on Earth?...>

Extremely small, like during all the other passages.

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Re: Mars Passage

05/26/2009 10:27 AM

Guest,

In all probability, what you've read is a popular but very wrong story that is floating around the Internet. This story has appeared before and it mistakenly gets passed around as fact.

Please see the Snopes.com site below for more information.

http://www.snopes.com/science/astronomy/brightmars.asp

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Re: Mars Passage

05/26/2009 6:56 PM

Is any of us an amateur astrologist? It could open another view on that proximity

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