A heads-up for Astronomy fans - Mars to be its closest to Earth in 60,000 years! - TennisForum.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 2003, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
Sunset, Moonrise, Winter
 
Sam L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: North, South & Third Pole
Posts: 36,352
                     
A heads-up for Astronomy fans - Mars to be its closest to Earth in 60,000 years!

Mars will be its closest in 60 millennia on Aug. 27th

(Los Angeles-AP) Aug. 13, 2003 - This month Mars will be nearer to Earth than at any time in nearly 60,000 years. The next time the Red Planet will be this close will be August 28th, 2287.

This August 27th Mars will be roughly 35 million miles away. Just six months ago it was five times that distance.

The fourth rock from the sun is already looming large in the late evening sky with its rusty-colored twinkle in the southeast. During the next several weeks Mars will shine brighter than any other nighttime celestial body except for the moon and Venus.

The closest approach will be on August 27th at 5:51am Eastern Daylight Time. Planetariums around the world are planning Mars-gazing parties beginning the evening of August 26th.

-------------

Hopefully the skies will be clear for me. This is such a significant event. Furthermore, to think that the last time that Mars came this close was probably when our ancestors were still in their early evolutionary stages.

Light of the Seven: Himalayas, Gobi, Baikal, Taiga, Steppe, Reef, Aurora

Dancing and Skating through Life
Sam L is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 2003, 12:59 AM
Guest
 
*JR*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: On the Peace Train
Posts: 34,232
                     
A comment from Paul McCartney:
Quote:
Sitting in the stand of the sports arena
Waiting for the show to begin
Red lights, green lights, strawberry wine
A good friend of mine, follow the stars
Venus and Mars
Are alright tonight
*JR* is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 2003, 01:06 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Sheffield, South Yorks
Posts: 1,628
                     
This means eventually it will collide with us... lets hope it's made of Chocolate, Malt, Caramel and Nougat, like its namesake (the bar... geddit?)

"I'm like in a shop, looking for the right man, for me jigsaw, and believe you me, I'll f**king do it. I am the law." - Gary Hayward, Belper Town FC manager.

http://www.belpertownfc.co.uk
JoeyWinson3.0 is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 2003, 01:12 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 829
                     
Very interesting. Who knows if the human race will not have self-destructed yet the next time this comes around? We might be the only generation who will ever get to appreciate this.
Tarsius is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 2003, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
Sunset, Moonrise, Winter
 
Sam L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: North, South & Third Pole
Posts: 36,352
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tarsius
Very interesting. Who knows if the human race will not have self-destructed yet the next time this comes around? We might be the only generation who will ever get to appreciate this.
Hopefully not, 2287 is not too far away.

Light of the Seven: Himalayas, Gobi, Baikal, Taiga, Steppe, Reef, Aurora

Dancing and Skating through Life
Sam L is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 2003, 12:20 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 829
                     
200++ years? At the rate we're going? I sincerely hope so.
Tarsius is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 2003, 12:53 AM
Kart & I against the WtaWorld!
 
Rocketta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 35,915
                     
Yes I've heard this too! I want to see it but it has been cloudy and rainy every FREAKING day here.

I also need a telescope and don't get paid until 31rst. I've already blew my monthly "Blow" money. So I hear you can see it with the naked eye but I want a telescope.
Rocketta is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome