2005年07月20日

都市伝説 〜Mars Spectacular

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MARS SPECTACULAR ~
The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month & next the Earth will be catching up with Mars in an encounter that will soon culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in our recorded history.

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars & perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain Mars has NOT come this close to Earth in the last 5,000 years --and it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again!

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within
34,649,589 miles of Earth & will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a "magnitude of -2.9 & will appear 25.11 'arc seconds' wide...att a modest 75-power magnification!!

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. It will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10pm & reach its azimuth at about 3am. By the end of August when the two planets are closest - Mars will rise at nightfall & reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30am. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So - mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter & brighter throughout the month.


Please share this with your kids & grandchildren, etc. NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN...!!!

 早い話、8月に歴史的な火星の大接近がある!!!と。でも、それって2003年に終わってるイベントのはず。
 
 どうやら、新しい都市伝説としてこの話がメールで回ってるらしい。
http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp


 いつか、ネット版口裂け女が生まれるかもしれないなぁ。

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