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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.
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