Thursday, August 23, 2007

Two Moons on August 27

According to the latest version of an email rumour circulating since 2003, August 27 will bring the closest 'encounter' between Mars and Earth in recorded history, and it will look as if there are two moons in the night sky.
Email Sample:
*** Two moons on 27 August ***
27th Aug the whole world is waiting for .............
Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.
It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will happen on Aug 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of Earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug 27 12.30am. It will look like the earth has two moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.
The text of this rumour was roughly accurate when a version of it first began circulating in the year 2003, outdated when it went around again in 2005, and just plain false when it appeared for the third time in 2006. It is now 2007, and making the email rounds again. How many times can a " once in a lifetime" event occur?
The oscillating orbits of Mars and Earth did, in fact, bring the two planets closer together on August 27 2003 than at any other time during the past 50000 years. Though Mars never actually appeared "as large as the full moon" - not even close - it was indeed, for a few days in 2003, among the brightest objects in the night sky.
Nothing so spectacular is predicted for 2007. Let's wait and see how true this is. Anyway, I have bought some Mars chocolates already. If I don't get to see the Mars planet, I will just eat my Mars chocolate. Lol.......
Research done by What a Life Pte Ltd.

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