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  • Rojas, Donovan [EESUS non J&J]
    Subject: MARS SPECTACULAR
    Mensaje 1 de 1 , 1 ago 2003
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      FW: MARS SPECTACULAR

       Subject: MARS SPECTACULAR
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      > The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is
      > catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the
      > closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.  The
      > next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.  Due to the way
      > Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can
      > only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last
      > 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens
      > again.
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      > The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within
      > 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest
      > object in the night sky.  It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will
      > appear 25.11 arc seconds wide.  At a modest 75-power magnification
      > Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.  Mars will
      > be easy to spot.  At the beginning of August it will rise in the east
      > at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.
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      > By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at
      > nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m.  That's
      > pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in
      > recorded history.  So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August
      > to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the
      > month.  Share this with your children and grandchildren.  NO ONE
      > ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN
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