View Full Version : Aug 27th, 2010 Mars as large as the Moon!

07-13-2010, 07:56 AM
This is a lie or a "hoax" if you wish to be polite. Why anyone would want to mass mail such an incorrect "alert" is beyond me. The circulated piece of eMail that is making the rounds claims that Mars is making a close approach (conjunction) with the Moon on August 27 and that it will be approximately the same size visually! Were that to happen, life as we know it would cease to exist. The moon would be pulled out of orbit, and the orbit of Earth and probably Venus and Mercury would be altered. Talk about an ecological disaster! Can we think of the metor/comet that destroyed the dinosaurs?

Here is the word from NASA on the rumor. Note that Mars is reaching its closest distance to the Earth this year, but not as close as it was in 2003 and 2005.