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  1. captain-spanky

    captain-spanky TPF Noob!

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    CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH MARS

    Never again in our lifetime will the Red
    Planet look so spectacular!
    This month and next Earth is catching up with
    Mars, 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.
    The encounter will culminate on August 27th
    when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles
    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 he naked eye.

    Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of
    August, Mars will rise in the east at 10 p.m.
    and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. But by
    the end of August when the two planets are
    closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reac
    its highest point in the sky at 12:30 a.m.

    That's pretty convenient when it comes to seeing
    something that no human 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!

    No one alive today will ever see this again. :shock: :shock: 8)[/b]
     
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    Lula Cracks-Up At Crazy Titles!

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    cool
    :wink: :roll:
     
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    Fuschia TPF Noob!

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    hmm.. Even though I'll be at camp at the time... I'll drag along my camera! Can't afford to miss this. :wink:
     
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    75x huh? 300mm is how many again? may have to drage out the ol telescope
     
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    I'm waiting for it to rise before i goto bed before i 'ave alook. its around at about 2am at the moment, were i live. When i do see it i'm taking some shots of it!

    Hey tr0gd0o0r! what sort of scope have you got?
     
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    tr0gd0o0r TPF Noob!

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    Its a reflecting scope that has a big sticker that says Deep Space Explore on it
     
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    lorigon27 TPF Noob!

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    any shots?
     
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    Forkie Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    When you say "75 power magnification" do you mean 75x?
     
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    Compaq Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Magnified compared to what? A normal lens?

    Btw, awesome stuff, OP!
     
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    Tee Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    And the award for digging up the oldest thread goes to....
     
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    Compaq Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    NOO, I thought this was real :lmao:
     
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    So this isn't real then? I was looking forward to looking at Mars.
     

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