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« Topic Start: September 29, 2007, 07:46:44 am »

 Mars in the Morning: Red Planet Grows Brighter

But this fact is absolutely true: Mars, the only planet whose surface we can see in any detail from the Earth, is now moving toward the best viewing position it will provide to us until the year 2014. Planet watchers have already begun readying their telescopes.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20070928/sc_space/marsinthemorningredplanetgrowsbrighter
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« Reply #1: September 29, 2007, 01:20:36 pm »

Mars in the Morning: Red Planet Grows Brighter

I'm not picking on you, Lyric, but this comes up every year:

www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp

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[edited to add]  I noticed the article talks about the moon myth, too, but the Snopes article gives more info.
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« Reply #2: September 29, 2007, 01:37:07 pm »

I'm not picking on you, Lyric, but this comes up every year:

www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp

Brina

[edited to add]  I noticed the article talks about the moon myth, too, but the Snopes article gives more info.

Bloody hell. It was on Yahoo's front page this morning.
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« Reply #3: September 30, 2007, 01:42:37 pm »

Bloody hell. It was on Yahoo's front page this morning.

No, no.  The Yahoo article is fine!  I'm just pointing out that the total myth from Snopes usually makes the rounds this time of year, too.  Sorry for the confusion!  Wink

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« Reply #4: September 30, 2007, 03:03:10 pm »

No, no.  The Yahoo article is fine!  I'm just pointing out that the total myth from Snopes usually makes the rounds this time of year, too.  Sorry for the confusion!  Wink

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Aha!! Thank you! LOL I do occasionally fall for these things, but I thought that one looked OK.
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« Reply #5: September 30, 2007, 08:18:34 pm »

Aha!! Thank you! LOL I do occasionally fall for these things, but I thought that one looked OK.
Absolutely dandy; the article is originally from Space.com.  Yer average Joe or Jane for whom the stars are just a bunch of pretty lights won't be impressed by this (but then, the Mars-close-approach of 2003 wasn't what they would call spectacular, either), but it's interesting for even a very casual amateur astronomer (that would be me).

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« Reply #6: October 01, 2007, 01:07:19 am »

but it's interesting for even a very casual amateur astronomer (that would be me).

Ditto.  Of course, I live in the Pacific Northwest, so astronomical news this time of year just seems like a cruel joke.  Wink

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