Hoaxes and Urban Legends: Mars spectacularly close to Earth on August 27
A chain letter has being sent around claims that on August 27 Mars will be closer to Earth than at any time in the next few hundred years and will appear as big as the full moon. This message is fake.
The facts: Mars comes relatively close to Earth every two years or so. On August 27, 2003 it came closer than normal, but still wasn't anywhere near as large or bright as the full moon. It was less bright than Venus even then. Mars will not be close to Earth on August 27, 2007.
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One version of the hoax:
*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
and will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will
be on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth.
Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27. If not, a few days before & after
should be OK. It will look as
if the Earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
Share this with your friends as NONE of us will be ALIVE to see it again