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'Mars Spectacular' on August 27?

By August 22, 2005

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Mars Spectacular on August 27According to forwarded emails circulating for the past few months, the planet Mars is due for an unprecedented close encounter with Earth on August 27, when a wobble in its orbit will supposedly bring the two planets closer together than they have been for thousands of years. "No one alive today will ever see this again," claims the message — which is a head-scratcher, considering that precisely the same phenomenon occurred in 2003.

Update: See 2009-2010 version

(IMAGE: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems)

Comments

July 13, 2006 at 9:42 am
(1) Carylanna says:

It looks like this is circulating again in July 2006.

July 17, 2006 at 7:48 pm
(2) Curt Rogers says:

I just received this email saying the date is this August 27th, 2006. Are we having anything like the other two encounters anywhere close to that date?

July 21, 2006 at 9:19 am
(3) Roger Smith says:

My legs are cold..

July 22, 2006 at 1:29 am
(4) Mark Cepe says:

I just received the email!!! I thought I would see it, huh!…

July 27, 2006 at 5:19 pm
(5) Mitch Manweiler says:

It’s baaaaack!!!! 2006

August 2, 2006 at 6:12 am
(6) kp says:

Thank you very much for posting this information.
I am a teacher and was really excited, but skeptical, when I received the e-mail. I am grateful that this myth was dispelled for me before I told my students about it.
Thanks Again!
-KP

August 6, 2006 at 12:55 am
(7) Gary says:

In the last sentence the word “enounter” should be “encounter.” I thought you might want to know there was a typo.

August 13, 2006 at 11:40 pm
(8) Priscilla says:

but are we going to be able to see all over the US? Because i’m gonna stay awake the whole night to see it! send me an email letting me know…

August 28, 2006 at 1:53 am
(9) me says:

I dont see it yet but I prolly will a lil later.

April 25, 2007 at 11:55 pm
(10) EH says:

Guess what? still going strong in April 2007.

June 25, 2007 at 3:46 am
(11) Kon Stadin says:

guess what …. August 2007 also :-(

June 27, 2007 at 8:22 am
(12) TTM says:

I got this email again today :( , ppl should verify the authenticity before forwarding these informations

July 3, 2007 at 8:13 pm
(13) D says:

the truth is out there!

July 4, 2007 at 10:06 am
(14) Arnab says:

so wats the reality? can nyone tell? whehter there will b anything of that sorts or just a spam? please do let me know..if ny one knows abt it at all

July 5, 2007 at 6:38 am
(15) Taryn says:

I just received one again – it’s 2007!

July 5, 2007 at 9:45 pm
(16) Theseira says:

It’s back…. July 2007.

July 7, 2007 at 1:39 pm
(17) Mosabsolum says:

Why to forward that email? You know what? I don’t care what happened 2003 or 2005 and I don’t have a habble jr. telescope to see mars which is only 35 million light-years nearer. :P

July 12, 2007 at 5:20 am
(18) Sigma says:

seems like it is circulating now in 2007 AGAIN !

July 13, 2007 at 2:03 am
(19) yana says:

its back – 2007/7/13

July 16, 2007 at 11:03 am
(20) chilembo V Kapansa says:

the same annoying emails back….27/7/2007

July 17, 2007 at 5:14 am
(21) mona says:

I just received an e-mail today, saying it will b happened August 2007, Is it true or not?

July 17, 2007 at 2:27 pm
(22) Kat says:

I just caught a cramp……

July 18, 2007 at 7:44 am
(23) mahesh says:

Same email circulated on july 2007

July 18, 2007 at 11:57 am
(24) Big Bad Bob says:

Its the second coming! Or maybe the third? Or maybe the nth?

July 19, 2007 at 11:47 am
(25) Ace says:

If it’s true oh well. But seriously,,I don’t remember it happening in 03 when this first came out. Something like that would be hard to forget. Does anyone ever remember seeing or hearing about this?? “Whattheworld?!!”

July 20, 2007 at 3:47 am
(26) adina says:

my legs are cold too …

July 22, 2007 at 2:05 am
(27) Ricky~! says:

Roughly accurate — in 2003, at any rate, which is when the emails were first composed by person(s) unknown and launched into circulation online.

It was not true, however, when the identical text circulated again in 2005, nor when it reappeared for another go-around in 2006, and once more in 2007.

The “Close Encounter with Mars” described in the email came and went in 2003.

On August 27 of that year, the orbital paths of Earth and Mars brought the two planets to within 34.65 million miles of one another — closer than at any other time in the past 50,000 years. Though Mars never actually appeared “as large as the full moon to the naked eye” (as claimed in the email), the red planet did vividly dominate the night sky for a time, making 2003′s close encounter a once-in-a-lifetime event indeed for astronomers, space enthusiasts, and ordinary observers alike.

Nothing so “spectacular” is predicted for 2007.

July 22, 2007 at 10:58 am
(28) MARTIAN CITIZEN 02820 says:

hi, im from mars and i am the 2,820th life form on martian soil. and i would like to inform you that this email is nothing more than a hoax! so stop talking about silly articles you silly earthlings!

July 23, 2007 at 2:50 am
(29) Miss Mars 2007 says:

Will you marry me MARTIAN CITIZEN !

July 23, 2007 at 11:24 am
(30) pp says:

Oh! so scare

July 24, 2007 at 12:36 am
(31) Roy Blumenthal says:

The only ‘once in a lifetime’-ness about 27 August is that humans aren’t extinct yet, and we still HAVE a night sky to look up at!

Blue skies, love, Roy

July 24, 2007 at 6:29 pm
(32) Will says:

And 2007!

July 24, 2007 at 10:05 pm
(33) Ron Spencer says:

It’s easy enough for anyone passed the 3rd grade to spot bad grammar and sensationalism in these tidbits of sensationalism. Quickly enough we catch the ol’ urban legend scent. Having been an astronomy buff for x number of years, one of the things I noticed immediately about this (appart from the fact none of the magazines mention it) is a very critical and always-there bit of info. Where on the planet can this anomalie be best viewed and often more specifically which state/province, etc. That’s the cool thing about ignornance. It never has to sign its name. We all recoginize the author.

Ron

July 24, 2007 at 10:14 pm
(34) Ann says:

well I just got it too… spotted it immediately too bad my so called “friend” is one of the ignorant masses.. sheesh..

July 26, 2007 at 11:47 am
(35) ammamomma says:

ditto, ditto, and ditto… my legs are just tired.

July 26, 2007 at 8:13 pm
(36) Morgan Carroll says:

Yep yep, this is just another example of one of those e-mails that people never bother to check the validity of and they send it anyways! grr…

July 26, 2007 at 9:05 pm
(37) ZOOOMBBIIIIES says:

Yep. And again in 07.

July 27, 2007 at 11:43 am
(38) Tyson says:

I just got an email from a friend in Romania. It’s back in 2007!

July 27, 2007 at 11:57 am
(39) Nicole says:

Its back aroudn again 7-27-07

July 27, 2007 at 3:01 pm
(40) Meem says:

Is it true.. it will show up on 8-27-07 ?????????

July 27, 2007 at 10:42 pm
(41) Zeus says:

Negative, they say it will come back around to about 55 million miles in December of this year. The email is just a repeat from 2003

July 28, 2007 at 1:56 am
(42) Bonney Milan says:

OMG! Here it is almost August 2007, and I got it AGAIN!!

July 28, 2007 at 5:42 pm
(43) Vishu says:

Yes it is true.It will show up on 8-27-07 between 00:00 to 01:00

July 29, 2007 at 6:05 pm
(44) redbirdacres says:

This is circulating again in July 2007. I wish people would please STOP forwarding these kind of e-mails!!

July 29, 2007 at 8:01 pm
(45) Jeanne says:

Too late people! This happened on August 27, 2003.

July 30, 2007 at 1:01 am
(46) Ain says:

once a person read article which had no year … so everyone assumes the article to be the latest. that is the anamoly.

July 31, 2007 at 4:11 am
(47) Ms JJ says:

I just received the letter and it said midnight.. Is it US time or what?

July 31, 2007 at 7:01 am
(48) McLaren says:

Just got a MySp bulletin July 2007. Yikes.

July 31, 2007 at 8:44 am
(49) Mars Colonization General says:

This 27 august 2007 is a true thing.. i just saw it with my naked eye that thing… at this time it is just some kind like 5 milimeter if u see it with naked eye.. it will come closer and then we’ll see a bigger 1 by the time of 27 august2007.. Thats it.. im in mars colonization project

July 31, 2007 at 2:31 pm
(50) Major Tom says:

You guys are totally cracking me up, but mostly…. my legs are tired.
hehehehe WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?

July 31, 2007 at 11:52 pm
(51) el em eh oh says:

The emails give too much detail in terms of the time, so logically, it doesn’t click that Mars will only appear at “12:30AM”. You could also stay awake for 24 hours just to make sure you have the right time because they didn’t mention a time zone.

August 1, 2007 at 11:53 am
(52) rrrrik says:

if you stay up this late you can probably see Uranus to!!!!!

August 1, 2007 at 12:29 pm
(53) katrine says:

its not thrueeeee its all a lie they say that every year plz beleve meeeeeee

August 1, 2007 at 8:02 pm
(54) Yoda says:

is it true that when Mars comes closer to earth the price of mars bars will skyrocket causing an economic depression in the state of Idaho?

August 2, 2007 at 1:48 pm
(55) Doug in Tucson says:

No friggin way, man. Mars is only about twice as big as the Moon, but the Moon looks so big because it’s only about 240,000 miles from Earth, while Mars only gets as close as 36 MILLION miles from Earth, and it’s usually much further (up to 250 million miles away). At that distance, it’ll still look pretty damn small. For example, the Sun is 93 million miles away but it only appears the same size as the Moon, despite the Sun being so much bigger than Mars or the Moon (see below).

Sorry, it’s an Internet hoax.

Compare the diameters:

The Moon is about 2160 miles across
Mars is about 4225 miles across
Earth is about 7928 miles across
The Sun is about 864,000 miles across

August 2, 2007 at 7:20 pm
(56) Anonymous Coward says:

Just saw posted it at work August 2, 2007!

August 2, 2007 at 11:11 pm
(57) Alycia says:

Pennsylvania, 11:04 pm
I was just outside watering the plants when I noticed something red up in the sky………. it was Mars! It was not the moon. This is not a myth. My friend has seen it once before and she has taken pictures. It is real. August 27th, 12:30 am. Please watch it! It will probably be a once in a lifetime experience! and let the kids see too!

August 4, 2007 at 12:12 am
(58) MARSH x2 says:

This is true, the one in 2003 was a hoax, however, this one is very much real. I am one of the nine crew members who will be going to mars on the 27 of august 2007, we chose this time for the best possible flight weather.

August 4, 2007 at 7:11 am
(59) d says:

This must be true….because last night around 1am I awaken to see too moons…we thou ght it was an eclispe happening. but my husband stated no its too moons

August 4, 2007 at 9:32 am
(60) pscott says:

Mars did come real close in …hmmm… 03 or 04 I remember watching it with my daughter through her little toy telescope. It was big enough to see some colour and such but only about a 10th the size of the moon. I think it came and went and you all missed it.

August 4, 2007 at 3:29 pm
(61) dragos says:

If it IS true, then there’s a problem….In the USit’s said to be seen around 00.30, in Romania, the same…..it’s just one very very very smal problem……Betwen ROmania and the US there’s a time decalage of 7 hours…

August 4, 2007 at 7:19 pm
(62) Bob-0-licious says:

On August 27th, grab a couple lounge chairs, a case of Anchor Steam and a bag of roasted peanuts out to a nice dark mountaintop location. You will not be disappointed!

August 4, 2007 at 10:15 pm
(63) Millby2000 says:

Is this the same as the saying, “Once in a Blue Moon?” or is that when the real moon appears full, twice in the same month?

August 4, 2007 at 10:57 pm
(64) Anna says:

Ha, if Mars was that close, we’d better be saying our prayers!
It’s an email I get every year. Everyone gets excited too! Little do they realize what the consequences of seeing Mars that BIG would bring to Earth—-> complete annihilation of Earth. As a footnote, Mars was the closest it had ever been in 80 thousand years in 2003. It looked like a bright orange dot in the sky. You needed a telescope to see it in any kind of detail, and even then it was so small.

August 5, 2007 at 5:41 pm
(65) Richard says:

Someone ought to hang those responsible for starting this hoax up by their toe nails. No wonder there is so much spam around these days.

August 6, 2007 at 6:10 am
(66) mr says:

It’s on the BBC news site so I reckon there must be some truth to it for 2007

August 6, 2007 at 1:07 pm
(67) Shelly says:

It’s back again…2007!

August 6, 2007 at 6:26 pm
(68) Cass says:

I got it in myspace. Too funny. Mars 34.65M miles from earth on Aug 27th. There is no way that it can happen. Get real people!!

Two moons on August 27, 2007 ****

*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 culminate
on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the
sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 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.

Of course no one today will ever see it again…we’d all be dead from a collision with Mars!!!

August 7, 2007 at 1:46 am
(69) Art Cote says:

It would take a lot of energy to get two planets to collide. The atmospheres of planets have a negative charge while the inner core has a positive charge. This is also why electricity always goes to ground, as the motion of all energy moves from negative to positive. The Suns exterior has a very powerful positive charge with its inner core a negative. It is the magnetism of each planetary body that keeps every orbital from being pulled in and consumed by the Suns fiery lake. The rule from grade school science class applies: “Opposites attract and Likes Repel” None of the planets in our solar system have enough momentum to overcome the strength of the magnetic fields. …and Blah, Blah, Blah… But Hey! Ya know Mars has Two Moons!

August 7, 2007 at 2:31 am
(70) cheryl says:

hope lots of people see it i just heard about i will be watching with my new telescope

August 7, 2007 at 8:49 am
(71) Sandra says:

I remember the last close encounter very well. Had taken my grown daughter to the ER and was waiting outside. No, it didn’t appear as big as the moon but it was very large and simply amazing. Myself and some others stood in the drive area outside the ER transfixed on it for a very long time. I observed as long as I could because I knew there was no telling when I would see something like that again. And I didn’t get the heads up from an e-mail. I got it from the local news.

August 7, 2007 at 10:55 pm
(72) christine says:

They said it will occur in August 27,2007 at 12:00 am.

August 8, 2007 at 12:22 am
(73) F. Diaz says:

This sucks. I kinda wanted it to be true… Oh well…

August 8, 2007 at 1:29 am
(74) P Chatterjee says:

It’s getting closer every year. I hope within a few years we will be able to jump from one planet to another.

August 8, 2007 at 3:12 pm
(75) Slim says:

It’s back in 2007 (August 8th)

August 8, 2007 at 3:23 pm
(76) PJ Green says:

The email is correct, We will witness this occurance in 2007; no one has seen this before and no one will see it again because it will be history after that date. History may repeat itself again and again but you may only witness the specific occurance once.

August 8, 2007 at 5:16 pm
(77) Stickperson says:

I just received that email again in August of 2007

August 8, 2007 at 8:31 pm
(78) wysguy says:

I’ve got 10 acres with a condo for rent on mars. this will be a good time for you to rent it for a week—– cheap. Airfare is not included

August 8, 2007 at 11:34 pm
(79) andy says:

I just got that e-mail titled ’2 moons’…

August 9, 2007 at 12:23 am
(80) Andrea says:

Okay you naysayers! The next time this will happen will be in 2287 so I will be #$!* sure I am ready to observe it with my family and friends…for my birthday! What a theme I will have! Calling it the Sky is Falling party! Along with a day long BBQ and evening observation of the clear night skies, you best believe some of us will be seeing two moons!

August 9, 2007 at 8:34 am
(81) ZOLTAR IV says:

WE are coming for you earthlings!!!!

Zeedip Zeedip du choc

August 9, 2007 at 10:18 am
(82) Kimberly says:

so if mars is gonna be close… doesn’t that mean all the martians from mars can stop by for a beer or what? what if we get invaded?? ooohh the possibilities

August 9, 2007 at 10:30 am
(83) Amanda says:

Looks like this email is out and about again August 2007…

August 9, 2007 at 10:43 am
(84) Freya says:

The history of this email begins with a misunderstanding.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/online/index.shtml

August 9, 2007 at 3:55 pm
(85) Susie says:

ITS BAAACK! Just received the email today about it happening on Aug. 27 07

August 10, 2007 at 7:01 am
(86) safura says:

hiyea! i’ve just wanted to forward it to my friends. thx f0r the infos!

August 10, 2007 at 9:31 am
(87) Trev says:

I think Bob-O-Licious (#62 above)has it just about right. If more people get the heck out of the light and spend even one night with a cold beer, some good friends, and the night sky; they wouldn’t be so quick to beleive so much crap they get by spending too much time with their TV, and Internet.

August 10, 2007 at 2:40 pm
(88) mulexus says:

IT’S A LIE
IT’S NOT TRUE
IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR

IT’S A JUNK!

August 10, 2007 at 6:44 pm
(89) chris says:

Looks like it’s back- 8/10/07- hahaha
Two moons on 27 August

27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for it………….

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 culminate on Aug.. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth.

Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 at 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 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.

August 11, 2007 at 2:44 pm
(90) Bernie Kabinski says:

Since we are on the subject of moon watching aka “mooning”, I was wondering if I could see Uranus. I am curious if Uranus will look as big as the moon too? :o )

August 11, 2007 at 6:23 pm
(91) drpepper says:

Just received that mail…Reading the nasa page…
http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/watchtheskies/18jun_approachingmars.html

…I found this happened on 2003…so…

August 12, 2007 at 9:39 am
(92) SR says:

FROM THE NASA WEBSITE

August 25, 2006: On Sunday, August 27th, Mars will be far from Earth, dim and unremarkable. In short, a total bore.

That’s news? It is when a widely-read email claims just the opposite. Perhaps you’ve seen it:

“The Red Planet is about to be spectacular.”

“Earth is catching up with Mars [for] the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.”

“On August 27th … Mars will look as large as the full moon.”

“NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN.”

This is called the “Mars Hoax” and, as the name suggests, it is false.

If Mars ever came close enough to Earth to rival the Moon, it would alter Earth’s orbit and raise fantastic tides. Impossible: The orbits of Earth and Mars are too far apart. In fact, this month Mars is about as far from Earth as it can get: 385 million km, all the way on the other side of the Solar System.

The Hoax first appeared in 2003. On August 27th of that year, Mars really did come historically close to Earth: 56 million km. But even then the e-mail’s claim that Mars would rival the Moon was grossly exaggerated. To the unaided eye, Mars looked like a bright red star, nothing more. In every August since 2003, the email has staged a revival.

If you want to see something truly astronomical on August 27th, wake up before dawn on Sunday and look east. Venus and Saturn are having a close encounter, as shown in the sky map, above. The two planets will be stationed less than half-a-degree apart in the rosy glow of the rising sun. Suggestion: Take your binoculars out with you. Venus is intense, but Saturn is easily lost in the brightening dawn. Binoculars help, and both planets can be seen at once through typical optics–very pretty.

Meanwhile, Mars is a bore. Spread the word.

August 12, 2007 at 5:00 pm
(93) RedMan says:

Just read #84 & #92 to get right to it, or go to the library and check out the tale Orson Wells told about “WAR OF THE WORLDS”!

August 13, 2007 at 1:21 am
(94) sanjay says:

This happened on August 27, 2003.??

August 13, 2007 at 6:24 am
(95) JB says:

THIS IS AN HOAX,

THIS IS JUNK MAIL.

Why do you think this is happening every yezar ?

August 13, 2007 at 10:10 am
(96) Linda Kreider says:

and again in 2007…I just received a “two full moons” email.

August 13, 2007 at 12:48 pm
(97) Ashley Hartford says:

Someone please stop the Aug 27th spam before it clogs all of our arteries!

August 13, 2007 at 1:11 pm
(98) Melody says:

This email is going around AGAIN!!!!

August 13, 2007 at 2:42 pm
(99) Melanie says:

I just received the same e-mail, titled “Two Moons on 27 August, 2007.” It briefly states that the appearance of Mars in the sky will be such that it appears to be as large as our Moon, etc.

August 13, 2007 at 4:17 pm
(100) Susanna says:

It’s back again this year! Just got the email a few minutes ago…

August 13, 2007 at 5:40 pm
(101) Ruben says:

…Your leader is already on Mars…Take me to your lady!

August 13, 2007 at 9:06 pm
(102) Pathy says:

dont for this 27th of august 2007

August 14, 2007 at 1:10 am
(103) Jill says:

I’ve gotten the email from my boss… probably shouldn’t break it to her.

August 14, 2007 at 6:44 pm
(104) nino0057 says:

I got it in Spanish. What’s with this email?

August 15, 2007 at 3:02 am
(105) Angel says:

so sad for you skeptics—i guess most people would rather be in denial than stay up past their bedtimes

August 15, 2007 at 3:27 am
(106) Mike says:

I got them same message and it read:

GREETINGS

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 cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes
within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am.
It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this
close is in 2287.

Am not sure about the holy truth about this email.

August 15, 2007 at 3:32 am
(107) Mike Ching'amba says:

I got an email with the message:

GREETINGS

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 cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes
within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am.
It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this
close is in 2287.

Is this True? should we keep busy watching the sky on this day?

August 15, 2007 at 5:58 am
(108) awel moh says:

Is it to be seen the whole world? where is the place which willnot be visible?
thanks.

August 15, 2007 at 12:48 pm
(109) matt king says:

its for real guys. its going to look a little bigger than the north star… not the moon. it will be 34.658 million miles away. not 34 miles.

August 15, 2007 at 3:20 pm
(110) Sue says:

Its back – Just got the email saying it was going to happen on August 27th of 2007 – for something that is never going to happen again it appears to be happening every year.

August 15, 2007 at 6:21 pm
(111) David says:

its not posible come on do the maths how far is the moon form earth,how far in mars from the earth ,how bigger is mars than the moon how close will to the earth will mar has to be to look the size of the full moon to the naked eye ,i say its not posible,that email is a big lie

August 15, 2007 at 11:44 pm
(112) teacher says:

Saw the hoax posted today at an ice skating rink….. I nearly fell over when I read that Mars would be “only 35 miles away from Earth!” Holy ——-, I was getting ready to kiss my behind good-bye! That close to Earth would have some seriously negative effects on our gravitational pull, tides, etc… August 27 is our first day back to school, so I was preparing to tell the kiddos that the world would be coming to an end that night. :)

August 16, 2007 at 5:36 am
(113) Priscilla says:

In Africa, such emails are taken seriously. A friend ( who got the email and forwarded it to me) just told me she told her family about it. And that day no one is allowed outside ;-) Its like a bad omen for anything to be in the skies except for stars and “no-a-full-moon”

August 16, 2007 at 9:19 am
(114) Mike S. Fowler says:

Once again, 2007 – I got an email this morning about the “Close Encounter with Mars on August 27″. Either Mars enjoyed the closeness of Earth enough to schedule yearly visits or we will continue to see these emails from now until the day it actually returns. Who knows? I’ll check it out on the way to work – nothing more.

August 16, 2007 at 1:36 pm
(115) Kat says:

…and again in 2007….

August 17, 2007 at 1:49 pm
(116) Joyce says:

Mars is actually supposed to be the closest this year on Christmas Eve. Although I don’t expect it to be very large on August 27, it is supposed to be quite impressive (for a planet sighting). However, if you are up well before dawn on the morning of August 28, 2007, you may see a total eclipse of the moon, especially if you are in western Canada or U.S.

August 17, 2007 at 9:23 pm
(117) Chadley says:

so, basically, you might get something a little cool if you have a telescope?? damn, i knew i should’ve bought a telescope years ago. i always miss out on the cool stuff….

August 18, 2007 at 5:36 pm
(118) jessmarjie07 says:

Why is everyone such skeptics about everything. No one believes in anything these days. It’s sad. So many people miss out on cool things because they would rather think something is bull then have faith in something. What is this world coming to? It’s sad when adults who have had to of seen some pretty miraculous things in their lives can’t believe in something as simple as being able to see mars pretty well. I am 16 years old,im not an adult I haven’t seen too many miraculous things in my life, but I can tell when something is a bunch of bull or actually true. Of course I admit I believe that they are exagerating when they say mars will be as big as the moon to the naked eye. But I do believe it will be quite visible.

August 18, 2007 at 6:21 pm
(119) {LTD} says:

Wow WTF omg were all gona die ahh watch out omg omg omg..

August 18, 2007 at 10:45 pm
(120) J. Cord says:

The eMail I received about Aug. 27th is Mars will look as large as the full Moon. Personally, I think it’s more BS like the rest of this culture of stupid, bored americans with nothing better to do than BS one another and the world.

I’ll check it out since I could be wrong, very doubtful but will check it out too confirm it first hand.

Reasoning for thinking the 2 Moons of Aug. 27 is “Absolute BS” —

The diameter of the Moon is some 2,160 miles.
The distance between Moon & Earth is some 239,000 miles (relatively close).

The diameter of Mars is 4,200 miles.
The distance between Mars & Earth varies between 33.9 million to 154.86 million miles (very far away, even at the closest point).

At the closest point, Mars is over 34 times further from Earth than the Moon, and just under twice larger than the Moon, yet it’s supposed to be as large as the Full Moon. Sounds like more Online-BS and/or stupidity……..

August 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm
(121) Troy says:

If this happens would’nt earth be disrupted. Would’nt that through off our gravitational pull?

August 19, 2007 at 1:32 pm
(122) captain crunch says:

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh
the world is over
aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

August 19, 2007 at 3:49 pm
(123) Captain Kirk says:

The world is safe..for Captain Kirk is here :-)

August 19, 2007 at 4:44 pm
(124) Captain Morgan says:

The world is going to need your protection, Captain Kirk. For I, Captain Morgan, am here to spread my weath of rum!

August 20, 2007 at 2:32 am
(125) Dell says:

The orbital path of Mars and Earth are one way. There’s no way both of them will meet once every year. It’s more like “racing championship” and when Earth passes Mars, it will be times like August 27th and it happens once in significant years.

August 20, 2007 at 2:36 am
(126) Dell says:

…And that’s why I’m quite sure this is not a hoax.

August 20, 2007 at 4:36 am
(127) Boozing @ Mars says:

So what now…..whether the mars will be visisble this Aug 27 ?????????

August 20, 2007 at 1:58 pm
(128) Drew999999 says:

Again in August 2007. I knew it looked familiar when I got it.

August 20, 2007 at 6:47 pm
(129) Michael & Amanda says:

Yeah this email is getting passed around again as of August 2007. I got it from a friend so I researched it and found it’s a hoax. NOT COOL PEOPLE!!

August 20, 2007 at 7:47 pm
(130) Ron Spodling says:

I got that email too. But it did not say that it was Mars. It said it will be really close to Uranus. HA HA. You got Punk’d real hard

August 20, 2007 at 8:31 pm
(131) Angie says:

I just received this e-mail 8-19-07, and had never heard of it(prior)so, I was excited. Then I researched it to find it’s a hoax.

August 21, 2007 at 12:30 am
(132) Chris says:

I just received the email… grrrrr.

August 21, 2007 at 9:04 am
(133) kRiz says:

shOckz.. i would like to watch it but grrrr.. we have classes on that day.. but i try.. and besides.. “thats a one and a lifetime event”.. and accOrding to them.. “NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE IT AGAIN”.. anyway.. theirs no harm on trying, right?.. i’ll try to watch it..

August 21, 2007 at 10:13 am
(134) KK says:

Mars will come closest to the earth ever this part is true. IT WON’T LOOK AS BIG AS MOON ON THAT NIGHT. it would just look like a bright star. If you have a telescope it’ll look great through that for sure.

August 21, 2007 at 12:53 pm
(135) skm says:

Can someone tell me from which part of the world would that be visible. Is there someone who understand such things to explain me according to which time zone it will be at 12.30am? I want to see that phenomen, but I live in Europe, at what time I can see it?

August 21, 2007 at 11:09 pm
(136) Scripes says:

I want to live until 2282.

August 22, 2007 at 2:18 am
(137) mohy says:

realy i want know evre thing about planets by arabic if u can help me
>>>>>
thank u 4 all

August 22, 2007 at 4:46 am
(138) toto says:

i had faith. now i dont

August 22, 2007 at 10:48 am
(139) Jon from Ohio says:

I bet the moon will look as big as the moon on 8/27. A stunning revelation.

Crap.

August 22, 2007 at 10:55 am
(140) Emily says:

Oh… Aug 27th is my birthday. I was really excited. Now its 2007. Guess I should be less excited four years later.

August 22, 2007 at 8:10 pm
(141) Mike Conrad says:

Hi all,

That letter is confused with the 35 million mile approach in 2003 which was the best in 60,000 years.
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/mars_preview_021108.html

Note, planetary appearances don’t happen on an “annual” schedule!

This August, Mars will get over 0.5 magnitude and it will be in Taurus.

By the end of December Mars will be at it closest and brightest for the year. It will be in Gemini and it will get to -1.64 magnitude. Pretty good, but not as good as 2003. It will be about 55 million miles away, so that puts it at a bit more than half the size of the 2003 approach. http://seds.org/~spider/spider/Mars/mars2007.html

In December, Mars will look like a bright red star in the sky. With a 75x telescope, it will look about half the size of the moon. Some previous mailing of that letter cut off the telescope and never noticed.

Anyway, Jupiter is up these nites and the Galilean moons are visible with a small telescope. Mars will be good later in the year. Saturn will be great next winter.

So as Jack Horkheimer says, “Keep Looking Up!”

- Mike Conrad.

August 22, 2007 at 8:59 pm
(142) cherrypie says:

is it a conspiracy considering no site of mars as yet 23rd aug 2007 yet planet X is to be seen in the far south of earth ?? just to stop panic !! i think its all a cover up for some other event ?

August 23, 2007 at 3:28 pm
(143) S.K. says:
August 23, 2007 at 4:03 pm
(144) narbeh says:

To the naked-eye, Mars usually appears a distinct yellow, orange, or reddish color, and varies in brightness more than any other planet as seen from Earth over the course of its orbit. When farthest away from the Earth, it is more than seven times as far from the latter as when it is closest. When least favourably positioned, it can be lost in the Sun’s glare for months at a time. At its most favourable times—which occur twice every 32 years, alternately at 15 and 17-year intervals, and always between late July and late September—Mars shows a wealth of surface detail to a telescope. Especially noticeable, even at low magnification, are the polar ice caps.[73]

The point of Mars’ closest approach to the Earth is known as opposition. The length of time between successive oppositions, or the Synodic period, is 780 days. Because of the eccentricities of the orbits, the times of opposition and minimum distance can differ by up to 8.5 days. The minimum distance varies between about 55 and 100 million km due to the planets’ elliptical orbits.[5] The next Mars opposition will occur on December 24, 2007.

On August 27, 2003, at 9:51:13 UT, Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years: 55,758,006 km (approximately 35 million miles). This occurred when Mars was one day from opposition and about three days from its perihelion, making Mars particularly easy to see from Earth. The last time it came so close is estimated to have been on September 12, 57,617 BC., the next time being in 2287. However, this record approach was only very slightly closer than other recent close approaches. For instance, the minimum distance on August 22, 1924 was 0.37284 AU, compared to 0.37271 AU on August 27, 2003, and the minimum distance on August 24, 2208 will be 0.37278 AU.[74] The orbital changes of Earth and Mars are making the approaches nearer: the 2003 record will be bettered 22 times by the year 4000.

As Mars approaches opposition it begins a period of retrograde motion, which means it will appear to move backwards in a looping motion with respect to the background stars. The next retrograde period will begin on November 16, 2007 and last through to January 31, 2008 with Mars appearing to move backwards through the sky from the constellation Gemini into Taurus.[75]

The only occultation of Mars by Venus observed was that of October 3, 1590, seen by M. Möstlin at Heidelberg.[76]

August 23, 2007 at 6:15 pm
(145) Barb says:

I heard it will be 12:30 Pm on August 27th that we can see a “full moon” Mars. Is that Eastern, Central, Mountain or Pacific timem?

August 23, 2007 at 7:01 pm
(146) joey says:

yep, circulating again august 2007! lol

August 24, 2007 at 12:53 am
(147) Pravin Rastogi says:

Mars is actually supposed to be the closest this year. Although I don’t expect it to be very large on August 27, it is supposed to be quite impressive. But I am sure its not as large as moon. Even not as half of the moon. It may be little bigger than normal star. You must know that the distance will be 110 times more than the existing moon and its size is 2 times bigger than moon. SO how it could be like moon in size. It would be brighter and bigger than a star but not as big as moon.
The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in 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 before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth 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 the naked eye .

Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest , Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. 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 and brighter throughout the month
for Any question contact me at pravinshubh2000@yahoo.com

August 24, 2007 at 3:33 am
(148) kvoskou says:

This is a big joke.
Mars will be a little closer than usual, but nothing overly spectacular. It won’t be half the size of the moon, or a quarter, or any other significant proportion. To the naked eye it will be no more than a very bright star.

August 24, 2007 at 8:54 am
(149) jtfug says:

Check out NASA’s response on August 21, 2007.

August 24, 2007 at 11:43 am
(150) AMH says:

What would Mulder and Skully say????

August 24, 2007 at 4:19 pm
(151) Moe says:

Umm, so lemme ask ..

Lets say this is true .. What time will it be? Where? Can all the world see it? Or certain countries can?

Give us some info ..

August 25, 2007 at 2:25 am
(152) tilly says:

I just saw it for real. It was beautiful- very bright orange. We could see it at 1:30am however it was no longer visable by 2am. I know they say it’s a hoax-but I honestly just witnessed it!

August 25, 2007 at 2:53 am
(153) kiwi8ball says:

Its there…I saw it last night…very impressive!…from Scotland ;)

August 25, 2007 at 4:11 am
(154) Mak says:

hey come on, now the news is spreading on sms that, we will see two moons, in the sky on August 27th 2007. Some bbc channel has said it.. for crying out loud stop this shit….

August 25, 2007 at 7:59 am
(155) diego says:

Ohio has been too hazy lately, I could barely see the moon last night

August 25, 2007 at 8:11 am
(156) RBAR says:

Apparently, planets can decide to do whatever they want to, whenever they want.
I always SUSPECTED Galileo was WRONG!

August 25, 2007 at 8:31 am
(157) ryan says:

I think all we have to do is to wait until such time. just be sure to find yourself on your roof, and if you see nothing on Aug. 27, 2007 12:30AM. we better shut it up.

August 25, 2007 at 9:06 am
(158) Palagawad says:

Despite of all, am so anxious waiting for August 27, 2007 12:30AM to arrive.
let’s us witness it if they are right anaway.

August 25, 2007 at 4:36 pm
(159) Alyssa says:

I JUST received this e-mail two hours ago and I’m messaging my Astronomy teacher. If I get anything back from her before then, I’ll post her reply!!

August 25, 2007 at 7:59 pm
(160) angie says:

if its true that would be awsome.. if its not oh well

but however aug 28th 9:35am est there will be a lunar eclipse

August 25, 2007 at 8:09 pm
(161) it is going to happen says:

It is really going to happen on the 26th. at 2:00am. be there or be square

August 25, 2007 at 8:44 pm
(162) yourahoax!! says:

if its such a complete hoax then why is it on the nasa website. or is nasa conspiring to make us think cool stuff actually happens in space in an effort to keep the space program running strong. oh and by the way, i live in cape canaveral and i have family that work at nasa also, i doubt theyre conspiring against my knowledge of the universe…:p

August 25, 2007 at 9:04 pm
(163) yourahoax!!! says:

by the way…. heres the link to the nasa website and no it does not look twice as big as the moon. if that were the case then the tides at the beach across the street would have my house under water. anyways heres the nasa link

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/watchtheskies/18jun_approachingmars.html

August 25, 2007 at 9:04 pm
(164) Kryptic_Death says:

Okay, so I need advice. I have a friend that wants to go to the Griffith Observatory to watch this spectacular event. I have been doing some research and have found no positive feedback on this once in a lifetime event. How should I break this info A.S.A.P., as you can see the countdown to extinction is near.

Thanks

August 25, 2007 at 11:23 pm
(165) bbliza says:

It’s a hoax!

August 26, 2007 at 12:15 am
(166) hardluck says:

Dammit man!! I got a hot chick and a case of beer on ice……… shhhhh!

August 26, 2007 at 2:39 am
(167) Marty Martian says:

My fellow Martians, after much studying, it has been revealed that the communication stating that the Earth will appear as big as the Sun on August 27 is a HOAX. It is believed that a pro-earthling terrorist group is responsible for this latest attempt at creating mass hysteria. This same terrorist group attempted a similar tactic in 2003, stating that the earth would also launch an invasion in retaliation for the destruction of their illegal probes.

In other news: Mars bars sales continue unabated, drawing us closer to our goal of providing full funding for our upcoming invasion of Earth.

August 26, 2007 at 9:25 am
(168) theend says:

I have just been told by a friend that mars will pass with 36 miles of the earth on the 27th of Aug. I have just done some calculations and I can see why NASA have kept this information quiet. There is nothing they can do to avert the disaster and letting this information out would cause a panic. At 36 miles Mars would within our atmosphere and would appear as fireball 13,000 times as large as the moon. The gravitional force exerted by the Mars on the Earth would be 388 million times as strong as the gravitational pull of the moon. The tidal force exerted by Mars would be enough to empty the oceans and a tidal wave much higher than Everest would cover all the continents. The same tidal forces would cause massive earthquakes that orders of magnitude larger than anything ever seen before. Mountains will fall and the polar ice caps will be ripped from the poles and crush everything in their path. Weak spots in the earth crust such as at yellow stone park will give way releasing millions of tons of lava and sulphurous compounds. The atmosphere will be whipped into the largest hurricane ever experienced by Earth and a significant portion of the atmosphere may even be stripped from the Earth. Living creatures that are not drowned, crushed, poisoned or incinerated will probably suffocate.

The proximity of Mars in the near pass will also exert a gravitational pull 2 millions times stronger than that of the Sun. That is certainly enough to alter the spin and orbit of the earth, throwing it closer or further from the sun changing the climate forever. The only survivors would probably be just a few primitive marine organisms. Other than that, there is no reason to panic.

:P

August 26, 2007 at 11:52 am
(169) hon says:

i received an email weeks ago that I can see the planet mars as big as the full moon. I waited for it but where is it? did anybody see?

August 26, 2007 at 12:33 pm
(170) TootsieL says:

We believed in the Tooth Fairy – what the heck.

August 26, 2007 at 12:46 pm
(171) shabnam says:

i was waiting for this day anxiously. mars will not be as big as the moon but will be the second brightest object in the sky after the moon

August 26, 2007 at 12:54 pm
(172) shit says:

I didn’t see anything! :(

August 26, 2007 at 1:16 pm
(173) Shannon says:

ok! Im in 10th grade now. In 2005 when i was in 8th, my science teacher told my class about this. He said it would be as big as the moon. But that night i went out and nothing was there. I may have been looking at the wrong time. But after a few google serches, i now think its a hoax. But I will still be up at 12:30 am to see if i can see it at all. My Grand mother said that she read that Mars would be a star next to the moon all of August. And she has yet to see it. How many of you htink its going to happen. For me, Its a 50/50 thing for me. But i will still stay up just to be safe. And take pics! God Bless everyone!

August 26, 2007 at 2:37 pm
(174) LL says:

:) I just read this in a local magazine, for August 27th, 2007, at precise time of 12:30am and exact distance of 34.65M miles from earth!??!! :D I wondered why I haven’t heard anything about this in the news, so I decided to check it online. :D What a surprise!
Forwarding a bogus email is one thing, but publishing one in a magazine, deserves a award(something similar Darwin’s award!)

August 26, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(175) Alyssa says:

As I said, I messaged my Astronomy teach, and here is her response:

——-
Hi, Alyssa.

Three years ago, in late August, Mars was as near to us as it gets — about about 35 million miles away. At that distance, it appeared as a bright pinkish point of light — like a star — in the night sky. Through a good telescope, it would look round like a full moon. But in the sky, it was a point of light. The rest of the article is complete fiction. Unfortunately, every August now this same email comes around (or spin-offs from it) and people wonder what is going on.

If you want to see Mars now, go outside at 6 AM. Look east, and look about halfway up. Mars is a bright slightly pinkish star near another bright star, Aldebaran (on your required star and constellation list) in the constellation Taurus.

Teresa
——-

Thought I would share this all with you!!

August 26, 2007 at 5:00 pm
(176) Alyce says:

Oh, it’s good to know it isn’t happening. I can’t stay up that late. Anyway, my friend’s keep saying about it. It’s SO annoying!

August 26, 2007 at 5:15 pm
(177) D2pin says:

Planet Mars – red color! It is visible without a telescope 27 and it it is close.

August 26, 2007 at 5:56 pm
(178) future traveler says:

i just got back from the year 3010 and the hoax is still going around then. will it never stop! AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

August 26, 2007 at 7:01 pm
(179) visar says:

yeah right like thats ever going to hapen.I just looked and there was nothing not even a red star-like object :P its so annoying

August 26, 2007 at 7:38 pm
(180) peixe says:

12.30 am gmt?

August 26, 2007 at 7:42 pm
(181) peixe says:

it´s 0.40 am gmt and i see only 1 moon people

August 26, 2007 at 9:39 pm
(182) kriten says:

Very annoyed. Kids are very disappointed that this is a hoax. They have been looking forward to it for weeks. First experience with a hoax. Live and learn.

August 26, 2007 at 9:47 pm
(183) C T says:

Just thought I should point out that when I was in Iraq in August 2003, Mars was the biggest star in the sky and was red to the naked eye, but that was with zero humidity and a hundred miles from civilization…

August 26, 2007 at 9:55 pm
(184) DavidH says:

Cool, thanks to this rumor I found that there will be a total lunar eclipse on August 28th 600am-730am(total portion) EST; just like seeing mars the same size as the moon.

August 26, 2007 at 10:14 pm
(185) Beth says:

So WTF, is this thing real or not? I REALLY wanto to beable to say i saw it if its real, but then again, to stay up until 12:30 1 am to see something that may not be there when I have to get up at 5 am is SOOOO NOT cool!!

August 26, 2007 at 10:33 pm
(186) Keint says:

My intuition says it could be true, but its not gonna appear as big as the moon, nor that visualble. But as long as everyone gets to see a red vivid dot in the sky i guess its ok right?

August 26, 2007 at 10:51 pm
(187) just another person says:

from the email: “At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon [does] to the naked eye.” its the whole idea of the game ‘telephone’…the story changes as it gets passed on. mars WILL NOT be as big as the moon. besides, like everyone is saying, its probably a hoax, but i stay up that late anyway so i’ll see if its true or not.

August 26, 2007 at 10:58 pm
(188) Syed Waqas says:

i thik it is not real n if it is real so it is gonna b a hint of juggment day the world is going towards an end bcoz it is written bfore hundrades of year ago in the history of ISLAM

August 26, 2007 at 11:19 pm
(189) Melissa says:

is that mars thing tonight?? or tomorrow night?? plz answer asap!!

August 26, 2007 at 11:25 pm
(190) stickman says:

this makes me sad. cuz my friend sent me a message about this. and i was REALLY looking forward to it… :(

August 26, 2007 at 11:48 pm
(191) niftynita says:

I got this email too. I think I won’t bother but will stay up to see the total lunar eclipse on 28th August – that one’s real!!

August 27, 2007 at 12:05 am
(192) playkid says:

well on wiki it says in 2003 mars was closest ever in 60000 years
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_27
under events 2003

August 27, 2007 at 12:08 am
(193) playkid says:

we will see :P

August 27, 2007 at 12:15 am
(194) Steve says:

I’m pissed I was soo exited a week ago and now I find out that you need a telescope just to see it. All Mars is in the sky will bee seen by the naked eye as a star.

August 27, 2007 at 12:25 am
(195) Kenexionz says:

There will be a lunar eclipse tomorrow night at 145am reaching totality around 415am. That’s worth checking out.

August 27, 2007 at 12:41 am
(196) Shannon says:

It was a hoax. I was just out there. NOTHING! O well

August 27, 2007 at 12:44 am
(197) Jess says:

ITS FAKE! i just went out side there is nothing that looks bigger then a star besides the moon itself

August 27, 2007 at 12:44 am
(198) mary says:

i was out and i didnt see anything either hopefully the lunar eclispe is real as well but maybe if ya keep checkin it may be there

August 27, 2007 at 12:44 am
(199) Claudia S. says:

the whole family went out and try to find Mars, we are so dissapointed, nothing but the same old stars in the sky!! We are in Montreal Canada.

August 27, 2007 at 12:48 am
(200) hoog says:

well i herd it was going to be really big but then i herd it was going to be small.

August 27, 2007 at 12:50 am
(201) rob g says:

well that sucks……i dont have a telescope =(

August 27, 2007 at 12:51 am
(202) R Spence says:

what a big hype over nuttin!!!moon is bright and shiny though….-MAINE-

August 27, 2007 at 12:52 am
(203) soar says:

lol from montreal also and nothing ;o

August 27, 2007 at 12:54 am
(204) Lea says:

Deff. went outside and saw nothing. I have a telescope and didn’t bring it outside =-(

August 27, 2007 at 12:57 am
(205) jenny says:

“There will be a lunar eclipse tomorrow night at 145am reaching totality around 415am. That’s worth checking out.”

is this real?

August 27, 2007 at 12:57 am
(206) mars sucks says:

went outside twice today and saw nothing more than the moon and stars… very disappointing since they said it would be visible

August 27, 2007 at 12:58 am
(207) elizabeth says:

yep, just got back from inside didn’t see anything abnormal at all. i’m in florida.

August 27, 2007 at 1:00 am
(208) Aaron says:

The Martians are gonna see us now!!!! and they’ll know were here!!!!!

August 27, 2007 at 1:06 am
(209) mars sucks says:

everyone DO NOT waste your time… better save it for december cuz there’s nothing tonight… here’s a site that tells it http://www.blogs.insidetoronto.com/starsabove/astronomyspace/incredible-mars-event-in-august-2007not/

August 27, 2007 at 1:11 am
(210) Kenexionz says:

I’m in West Virginia and didn’t see anything but my 3 yr old had fun looking at the moon through my telescope. Yes the lunar eclipse is true but I was wrong about the totality time though. Go to for the exact time
http://www.calendar31.com/display.aspx?org=EA5463&date=8/28/2007

August 27, 2007 at 1:11 am
(211) tracy says:

Mars was closer to the earth in 2003. This is for real so dont wait up!!!

August 27, 2007 at 1:11 am
(212) Selest says:

shit! just drove all the way down to the railroad tracks to get a peek and NO MARS!!!

August 27, 2007 at 1:20 am
(213) Heather says:

damn! i have not heard of this before, then got the e-mail and i was really excited. on a hunch, i googled it, and found it to be a scam. i live in hawaii, so i am still 5 hours away from the “big event.” i was actually considering staying up to see this “once in a lifetime” thing, and am glad that i saw all of the comments so i don’t loose any sleep.

August 27, 2007 at 1:25 am
(214) mars sucks says:

Heather, if you look at the link i posted before, it says is not true… though you might be able to see it at december

August 27, 2007 at 1:28 am
(215) Jason says:

I’m from Pennsylvania and all I see is a full moon. Am I missing something here? Where am I supposed to look with the naked eye?

August 27, 2007 at 1:29 am
(216) Cindy says:

This makes me mad. I stayed up to see it and when nothing was happening, I thought I would double via the internet to see if I needed to be looking in the west or the east and that’s when I got the disappointing google info. Don’t some people have something better to do with their time than to make up stupid email hoaxs…..

August 27, 2007 at 1:35 am
(217) Lea says:

SO yeah… It’s a hoax. Here’s two urls that might be of some sort of interest to all of you.
http://www.blogs.insidetoronto.com/starsabove/astronomyspace/incredible-mars-event-in-august-2007not/

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/8708182.html

August 27, 2007 at 1:35 am
(218) tayla says:

i received an email saying how the planet was supposed to be within 35 miles of earth at 12:30 am on the 27th. well i just came in from the outside, expecting to see this. and nothing was there. just the regular moon. this was just a fake out i think

August 27, 2007 at 1:46 am
(219) Bob says:

Yep! Fooled me too. Like Cindy I came in to see if I needed to be looking toward the West or East. Found all of you guys instead. Nice to know I wasn’t alone on this. Good morning everyone.

August 27, 2007 at 2:10 am
(220) Dwight says:

It’s August 26th 2007 and it’s still around.

August 27, 2007 at 2:37 am
(221) scott says:

geez, I already told my grandpa about it. He is staying up all night to see mars be as big as the moon! Wish I would have found this sight sooner!

August 27, 2007 at 2:50 am
(222) rick says:

I SEE IT! OH WAIT, MY EYES WERE CLOSED…

August 27, 2007 at 2:51 am
(223) rick says:

i see it! oh wait, my eyes just opened…

August 27, 2007 at 3:05 am
(224) Josh says:

A BIG HOAX!!!!
i just got an email saying that it’s a big hoax

August 27, 2007 at 5:28 am
(225) Lunar Prince says:

Man this sucks, I take high respect for the moon and I draw most of my energy from it, I know that sounds stupid but when Im in the moonlight I dont know I just feel wide awake and ready to do anything, so I figured if this was true oh boy thered be some pretty amazing shit hapening, I spent an hour outside or so, and Im realy ticked that nothing happened, I swear people who send spam mail need to jump of a brige and die, they obviously dont get enough mail becasue no one loves them so they send these sapm mails hoping to get some sort of response, losers go to hell… not that i believe in hell of course, i only believe in the spirit of Luna.

August 27, 2007 at 6:28 am
(226) Jordan says:

hrmfhh… I was almost worried that i had missed it, and went outside to only see the sillouette of the moon in the clouds, NO STARWARS sunset????? I was almost stoked! Such a disappointment!!!

Another huge downer i had pulled on me in grade 10 science, The teacher had asked us to solve a problem by using internet sources and decided wether or not dihydrogen-monoxide was a dangerous chemical. I used a few “Reliable” websites that totally back it up, and made a presentation to the class (Half-Witted) telling them that it was a dangerous liquid that caused deaths every year!!!

- H20 (Water)

August 27, 2007 at 7:40 am
(227) PETER says:

It’s not Mars people.It’s the bloody doomsday rock! Take cover and don’t worry about making any more hire purchase payments.

August 27, 2007 at 8:50 am
(228) alma says:

i was gonna go wait for it. good thing i checked the internet. lolz. k time to go to bed. muwahahhah

August 27, 2007 at 10:05 am
(229) James says:

Phew!…I thought I missed out at seeing something cool in my lifetime.

August 27, 2007 at 12:15 pm
(230) Saff says:

It is true closest orbit in 60,000 years.

Heres the BBC link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/3183871.stm

August 27, 2007 at 12:34 pm
(231) john says:

Well, good article from the BBC dated 2003. I was hoping to use this opportunity to take my girl to the beach and try to…well whatever, sucks that i missed it.

August 27, 2007 at 12:50 pm
(232) peter says:

August of 2003 is a special time for scientists and amateur astronomers. Our red neighbor, will move closer than it’s been in 50,000 years. On August 27, 2003, the “red planet” will be less than 55.76 million kilometers (34.65 million miles) away from the Earth. That sounds like a huge distance, but in stellar terms, that’s a stone’s throw. Just six months before, Mars was about five times that distance.

August 27, 2007 at 12:57 pm
(233) fedup says:

ok well it’s 1054am and i was up last night and i have been checking on and off all morning at work since 5 am and ummm *cough*Bullshit*cough* although i am looking foward to the 28ths lunar eclipse it won’t happen again until feb. 2008 so it’s not a once in a lifetime thing but still cool nonetheless

August 27, 2007 at 2:31 pm
(234) Lisa says:

Well it is going around again, today 8/27/07. It looks like the email is more visible than Mars!

August 27, 2007 at 2:38 pm
(235) Katerina Sivali says:

Roger Smith: HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA.. good one.. love the randomness..

August 27, 2007 at 3:07 pm
(236) Shereen says:

Just I came from the outside. oh! I couldn’t find any mars. But I’m very disappointed. You know that I was very anxious to see this mars since July 17. Finally I want to tell don’t cheat others like this.

August 27, 2007 at 3:22 pm
(237) Jamie says:

I heard it on the radio today that it will/should be appearing around 12:30 tonight

August 27, 2007 at 4:05 pm
(238) Kebede Feda says:

I’m in USA now and I don’t see any closing mars, I wish I could fly to Oromia where always people talk the truth…. sorry for Western science..

August 27, 2007 at 4:08 pm
(239) Harry says:

do not believe all this.

It was way back in august 2003 when Mars was closer to Earth by approximately 380000 miles.

August 27, 2007 at 4:21 pm
(240) spiros says:

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

August 27, 2007 at 4:48 pm
(241) mari says:

I’m just looking the moon. There is just only one …I’ll have a drink and I’ll try later!

August 27, 2007 at 5:08 pm
(242) wendy says:

MARS IS BACK. In August 2007 28th. No, I am not hoaxing you or whatever. It’s gonna be like an ‘eclipse’ (if you live in Australia. Idf you live in America it’s gone (:

But Yeah. The News says so TOO! Channel 10, 9, 7.. every news station!

August 27, 2007 at 5:27 pm
(243) shirley Shearer says:

South Africa – am waiting for the time, checked out the skyline – totally clear and the moon is so bright so maybe nothing will be able to compare. My TV is playing up badly?
What could that be – probably superstition?

August 27, 2007 at 5:35 pm
(244) dan says:

is it happening tonight or not?

August 27, 2007 at 5:56 pm
(245) george says:

i am from greece. you know if it will appear because i want to go to sleep

August 27, 2007 at 6:08 pm
(246) Bryan says:

Well it’s 12h07 Am here is good old South Africa and I doubt we’re going to see anything either… Will keep you posted, but don’t wait up. LOL.

August 27, 2007 at 6:51 pm
(247) sumguy says:

Wait, the email sed 12:30 am. but is that like eastern time etc. know wut i mean? and shudnt it b on the news? if it were real, im guna feel like an idiot for forwarding the email =( it better hapen >:|

August 27, 2007 at 7:13 pm
(248) bigt says:

portugal: still waiting ,had e-mail said 00:35 so am still waiting !!came to see if was true and seems to me it happens every year , but lets wait and see!! ;) keep look`n

August 27, 2007 at 7:21 pm
(249) Javier says:

Dominican Republic – the sky is cloudy but i ‘m not sad cuz that is fake as Geocentrism
well i think is better to c the lunar eclipse than waiting for mars he ll never show up ^^

August 27, 2007 at 7:25 pm
(250) Javier says:

a right there is the proof is totally false http://www.snopes.com/science/mars.asp

August 27, 2007 at 8:16 pm
(251) Brianne says:

I don’t like people making up
stuff just to be cool.This is
unlikly.Look at the moon your
selk tonite!!!

August 27, 2007 at 8:25 pm
(252) Kay says:

Ugh… I’ve never heard of this (seriously), and so I got the dumb thing through MySpace… got excited… but decided to look it up. And, yeah, I feel pretty dumb now. Oh well. :)

August 27, 2007 at 8:53 pm
(253) One Mad Person says:

Thank you to everybody who proves this email false…. I got all excited to see Mars today and I ever planned a night with my girlfriend just to see it and now its WASTED!! (to the idiots with the false email-) I hope you know that you COMPLETELY RUINED my night.

May you die in a collision with Mars.
Thx For NOTHING!

August 27, 2007 at 9:15 pm
(254) You Dont Care says:

Hey ppl maybe in 280 years we would see it again :) i can wait till that ;)

August 27, 2007 at 9:45 pm
(255) Rocky says:

well, if the email is fake or not…im gonna b up, prolly drunk so of coarse im ‘still’ gonna b lookn for it at like 3 in the morning! n maybe,hopefully i c it…if there is an ‘it’//

August 27, 2007 at 9:46 pm
(256) Tanner says:

ok, it is there. I just looked with my telescope and its big in there. but, then again my telescope is huge. and its red and its deff. a planet. but by the naked eye its wicked small and not that bright. i was slightly disappointed at first without my telescope. and NASA is having a big deal about it so its deff. there.

August 27, 2007 at 9:47 pm
(257) tanner says:

p.s. its towards the south west.

August 27, 2007 at 9:51 pm
(258) Paris says:

I’m in New Jersey, any chance of being able to see the lunar eclipse supposedly happening tonight?

August 27, 2007 at 9:53 pm
(259) Mickeymw says:

http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?q=mars+tonight&date=2007-8-27&sa=N
Check out Mars in December when it’s a little closer. Last night it was just the size of a star. However, don’t miss out the beautiful lunar eclipse tonight!! :-)

August 27, 2007 at 9:59 pm
(260) tracy says:

hey jersey girl im in jersey too … is it true??? i NEED to know

August 27, 2007 at 10:00 pm
(261) Caribe Guy says:

who can tell me what time will occur the lunar eclipse in the caribbean

August 27, 2007 at 10:06 pm
(262) vic says:

here in pennsylvania. when is it going to show up?

August 27, 2007 at 10:09 pm
(263) Andrew says:

Mars will never be the size of the moon to us on earth. The orbits just don’t work that way. Check out any model of the solar system and you will see why. The fact is that mars and the earth came into allignment and closer than they have been for the last 1,000 years… a mere 34 million miles from eachother. Think about that for a second… not 34 miles… 34 million miles. This makes for a great lookie see through a telescope but for the naked eye nothing more spectacular than a slightly reddish dot in the sky. The URL provided will take you to a site with more information if you are interested.

August 27, 2007 at 10:11 pm
(264) Kay says:

It seems no one thinks about how not everyone lives in the same country aka not everyone will see the same thing at the same time all over the world >_> come on people if you’re going to bother telling people when and where to look, atleast say it’s for people of which province/country etc!

August 27, 2007 at 10:17 pm
(265) Jim says:

Well that sucks I heard it was tonight! Guess I wont stay up and lose any sleep!

August 27, 2007 at 10:17 pm
(266) tracy says:

cmon ppl have faith? or a little child’s spirit of fun??? u guys suk…..

August 27, 2007 at 10:21 pm
(267) Jim says:

In PA here…. Waitin for 1230 to arrive! Even if it isnt true oh well. If by chance it is, it is definatly worth waiting up for. Will definatly catch the lunar eclipse in the AM… I am with ya Tracy!

August 27, 2007 at 10:34 pm
(268) Jess Pineo says:

I just recived this e-mail about two weeks ago and I’m wounding if I ahould be stayong up it see it or not?

August 27, 2007 at 10:35 pm
(269) katie says:

i forgot im so upset

August 27, 2007 at 10:37 pm
(270) Kristal says:

well Ya’ll can bitch and moan. Im still gonna stay up to see what i can see. Plus, Im not missing anything the Moon is beautiful. So who cares TRUE or NOT!

August 27, 2007 at 10:39 pm
(271) Cap'n Bob says:

All earthlings are Peeping Toms! We are tired of it. We are going to cloak our planet every August 27th from now on. So, earthlings, even if you do pull your heads out of Uranus, you still won’t be able to see us. A pox on you! Don’t you have anything better to do?

August 27, 2007 at 11:11 pm
(272) maria says:

wow! and to think my other dummer half actually wrote this on our calendar. yes people there are still fools out there that don’t check their facts. how sad. someone smack him please!

August 27, 2007 at 11:22 pm
(273) adam says:

im from harlan ky
tonight is most def the night so be watching around 12;30!!!!!!!

August 27, 2007 at 11:28 pm
(274) Alien Dude says:

I am coming for you Earthlings, Bleep Bleep Blurp Bleep Zoink !

August 27, 2007 at 11:30 pm
(275) CBaker says:

I’d love to smack him along with the rest of the people who are dumb enough not to check facts. Just send me your address and I’ll get right on that.

August 27, 2007 at 11:31 pm
(276) Dee jax says:

Hey only 1 hour till you get disapointed. Funny how something so big is not talked about on the news or papers. Who ever did this email got us all good. Go to sleep and have a good nite.

August 27, 2007 at 11:32 pm
(277) adam says:

THE MOUTIONS ARE LIGHTING UP RED!!!
HERE IN HARLAN KY. IM FREAKED OUT..

August 27, 2007 at 11:35 pm
(278) Karyn says:

If it makes anyone feel better, there is going to be a lunar eclipse at 4:51 A.M. On August 28th.

August 27, 2007 at 11:36 pm
(279) Karyn says:

Also, you can see mars. It looks like the brightest star in the sky. It is to the S.W.

August 27, 2007 at 11:39 pm
(280) SUPERMAN says:

dee jax is so stupid, here in ky they talked about it on the 7:00am news!!!!!!! u stupid morone its 25 minutes”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"

August 27, 2007 at 11:44 pm
(281) Todd says:

I just peed a little

August 27, 2007 at 11:46 pm
(282) adam says:

red moutions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 27, 2007 at 11:49 pm
(283) adam says:

i meant to spell mountions///
SORRY PEOPLE

August 27, 2007 at 11:52 pm
(284) psycho says:

down here in bayville, nj…you don’t have to look up to see two-moons…just drive down route 9 on a friday or saturday night

August 27, 2007 at 11:54 pm
(285) miranda says:

i dont see anything in tx but hte moon is really bright

August 27, 2007 at 11:55 pm
(286) adam says:

are u all just going to stare at the sky or are u going to talk???????

August 27, 2007 at 11:57 pm
(287) someone says:

ARE U ALL NERDS? ? ? ?

August 27, 2007 at 11:59 pm
(288) ADAM says:

miranda hony its a red star

August 28, 2007 at 12:01 am
(289) bernardo says:

same thing as last year and 2005, the only date that was true was on 2003, it was amazing, though it never looked like the moon but it was so powerful… so trippy : )

August 28, 2007 at 12:05 am
(290) SUPERMAN says:

PHYSCO,,,, U CAN SEE THE SANE THING HERE IN HARLAN KY AFTER A CAWOOD HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME! ! ! !

August 28, 2007 at 12:08 am
(291) ADAM says:

R U CRAZY BERNARDO? ? ?

August 28, 2007 at 12:09 am
(292) Joe-Mike says:

I dunno about mars but there will be a lunar eclipse lasting approx 1 hour and 30 min. so yahoo says and for tose in central time zone it will about 4:52 AM. Yes I’m going to drag my lazy but outta bed just to see it cause it will be the longest eclipse in 7 years.

August 28, 2007 at 12:13 am
(293) ADAM says:

this sux, i still dnt see anything..

August 28, 2007 at 12:15 am
(294) ADAM says:

thanks 4 that info joe-mike!!

August 28, 2007 at 12:23 am
(295) SUPERMAN says:

IT A UFO AND THE SKY………

August 28, 2007 at 12:25 am
(296) SUPERMAN says:

??????????

August 28, 2007 at 12:36 am
(297) ADAM says:

WELL ITS A LIE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

August 28, 2007 at 12:42 am
(298) SUPERMAN says:

F U ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FOR NOT TALKING TO MEE,

August 28, 2007 at 12:44 am
(299) ADAM says:

NIGHT YALL

August 28, 2007 at 12:47 am
(300) outbackkat says:

if everybody jumped off the edge of the world would you? why do we fall for this stuff? just hopeful & curious i guess, but seriously don’t go jumping off …

August 28, 2007 at 12:57 am
(301) dufis says:

k it’s the mother ship now lets all sing cumbiya or whatever!!!!!!

August 28, 2007 at 1:00 am
(302) dufis says:

if Mars was close enough to the Earth so that it appeared as big as the moon as the e-mail i got said, then, wouldn’t the moon smack into it????? hey great fireworks *_*

August 28, 2007 at 1:02 am
(303) melissa says:

hey guys im in ontario and there was no mars sited here either ..when is this eclipes supost to happen

August 28, 2007 at 1:29 am
(304) Polly, SO WHERE OH WERE IS MARS? says:

Delaware, USA No Mars here and it is 1:24. The sky is as clear as can be, still no Mars!!!

August 28, 2007 at 1:34 am
(305) Polly, says:

SO WHERE OH WERE IS MARS? It is now 1:31 AM, the sky is clear as can be and no Mars.

August 28, 2007 at 1:56 am
(306) Kimberly says:

hahah idiots ! there’s nothing there…

August 28, 2007 at 2:03 am
(307) Surprise, AZ says:

My favorite comment is by theend up on line 168—-that says it all. My poor children were told about this by their teachers. Maybe they just wanted them to be too tired the next day to cause any trouble. I keep seeing my 11 year old son sneaking a peak out the window. All, in all, it’s been a fascinating astronomy lesson. Everything can be good if you think of it that way!

LW :P

August 28, 2007 at 2:04 am
(308) simplemanmike says:

now that my neighbors think im totaly nuts ill just go to bed now . p.s look out guys i think there mother ship is in the area

August 28, 2007 at 2:10 am
(309) Jerry says:

It’s there if you have a telescope. Then it would seem to be as big as the moon. Lol

August 28, 2007 at 2:12 am
(310) Hmmmmm? says:

You know…it made us go out and look at the sky…I may only be speaking for myself, but I don’t to that enough. It may not be all the Star Trek excitement that we secretly hoped for, but I think we’ve forgotten just how truly amazing the heavens are.

LW:)

August 28, 2007 at 2:20 am
(311) kamauuuu says:

ooops!! Went out at 1am and saw nothing in this KENYAN AFRICAN SKY. ONly the damn moon. it was a HOOOOOaaaaaxxxxxxXXX
GEt real People!!!

August 28, 2007 at 2:22 am
(312) jin says:

has anyone bothered to realize that the specific time doesn’t apply because we’re all in different time zones?

August 28, 2007 at 2:34 am
(313) faisal haidri says:

it is just a nonsence yo creat panic in people.

August 28, 2007 at 3:47 am
(314) billy bob says:

i got the email saying its on august 27, 2007 at 12:30 am. my mom went to look at it but it wasnt there. the email was a hoax.

August 28, 2007 at 3:57 am
(315) masterpsj says:

haha me and my friend went outside to look at this great thing. and wow to my suprise the moon thanks for that great suprise……..

August 28, 2007 at 4:11 am
(316) paula says:

From Texas – 3:11 a.m. nothing happening still…….

August 28, 2007 at 4:20 am
(317) Jason says:

well, I’ve been waiting since yesterday at 12:30 am and nothing, I even waited all day just in case, you know.. to check to see if they meant the sun. OUCH that things bright. Got fired and I am still waiting….I’ll let you all know if I see something ( other then spots from the sun)…. Here’s to seeing Mars.. have a good day all.

August 28, 2007 at 5:43 am
(318) Tim says:

From California 2:40 am Eclipsing, lots eclipsing going on here

August 28, 2007 at 5:51 am
(319) kelly says:

8-28-07 245am AZ USA
Me and my oldest son set our alarm and went outside to enjoy a view of the eclipse the mountains out here the moon glowing it was beautiful….we shared some nice thoughts together..gave thanks to God for the beautiful things we stop and enjoy…everyday…thanks everyone for all your comments….

August 28, 2007 at 5:52 am
(320) Tim says:

The moon is gone!

August 28, 2007 at 5:55 am
(321) SB says:

HELLO.. Lunar Eclipse is happening now for all people who want to see ” something”

August 28, 2007 at 6:02 am
(322) Dustin P says:

i was just outside and i watched the lunar eclipse… it was really kool i took lots off pics and even pics through my telescope…the mars thing is fake and that bites.. i was so excited..

August 28, 2007 at 7:56 am
(323) kia yori says:

im a victim of this message. i believed it too! i sent it on, but i didnt see anything!!!!!!!!!T^T…

August 28, 2007 at 3:53 pm
(324) Kelly says:

BAYVILLE…..NJ….I thought I was seeing something when I was reading that……How funny when someone mentions the little tiny town I grew up in….probably went to Central….and laughs everytime you go some where on a fri. Sat night..ie Bamboo club or 9 south……Its like a High School reunion….for every age group…..Hows did you eclipse look there in Bayville…Did you go to Ocean Gate and watch it from there? great view….. (Physco wrote about his town Bayville NJ)

August 28, 2007 at 9:13 pm
(325) Jessie says:

I was hoping to see mars…I thought it would be tonight, that was what I heard anyways…okay, well nevermind, now I don’t have to stay up on the night before the first day of school!:)

August 30, 2007 at 11:49 am
(326) Jacob says:

I didnt see it but i looked it online and most people didnt see,the night after that I saw a little red around the moon but no mars…and i know its going to come around again since it did like 2 times before this one so…yea.

September 1, 2007 at 1:55 am
(327) Joe says:

Hey folks, don’t go away disappointed because of the Aug. 27 email hoax because on Oct. 31 of this year, the Andromeda Galaxy will be passing through our Milky Way Galaxy for the first time since the Big Bang.

The Andromeda Galaxy is so big, you’ll be able to see it pass through our Milky Way from everywhere on earth, anytime of the day or night and will be a once in a lifetime spectacular sight. Just think, without the aid of binoculars or telescopes you’ll be able to clearly see Globular Clusters, Nebulas, Star formations, and other marvelous things in all their glory that are too numerous to mention.

September 1, 2007 at 1:16 pm
(328) desherra says:

i need some pics of it, it is 2007 and i am searching on the internet pictures of these so called two moons. GIVE ME PROOF!!!! my email is photomartin15@gmail.com send me some pics if you have em?!

September 4, 2007 at 9:36 pm
(329) Dominique says:

this is so amazing.i never have seen anything like this or even heard of something like that..can u tell me more about it?

September 12, 2007 at 5:21 pm
(330) nativeyoutholympicguy_fromalaska says:

Seen it on 8/27/07

October 17, 2007 at 1:24 pm
(331) fred says:

dont you people know what is going on yet?
(planetx) google it. now you know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 14, 2008 at 12:18 pm
(332) ffd says:

i just heard this….. from my friend

is it true that the Mars have rotate backwards in its orbit?

anyone know something?

July 25, 2008 at 5:13 am
(333) pradeep says:

..and it’s back in 08 too! has anyone really seen the phenomenon or are we just seeing the fwds near august each yr?!

August 10, 2008 at 6:41 am
(334) ilana says:

malachi and i are getting married on the 27th so hopefully its true cos the reception will be on the beach till 3am

August 13, 2008 at 7:38 am
(335) Abey says:

This is back in 2008 too.. :)

August 13, 2008 at 10:02 am
(336) Brollox says:

Sigh… there goes my plans for 27 August 2008.

Maybe if I wish hard enough, do you… do you think it might happen this time..?

August 15, 2008 at 3:56 am
(337) Deirdre says:

I’m not sure on what earth the people live that actually believes that earth will have 2 moons on 27 August. The earth I’m living on, doesn’t have anything that is remotely the same size (with the naked eye) as the moon.

Hope your dream / nightmare ends fast!!!

August 16, 2008 at 6:46 am
(338) pakistan says:

An email that has circulated during July and August for several years is again hitting inboxes in 2008. The message informs recipients that the planet Mars will be passing very close to Earth in August. While this information was valid back in 2003, it is totally inaccurate for 2008.

The year is not specifically mentioned in the message and a great many recipients therefore assume that the message refers to August, 2008. Another version of the message is circulating via SMS. Virtually identical (and equally misleading) messages were circulating back in July and August 2005, July and August 2006 and July and August 2007. The events outlined in the message were more or less true back in 2003 although they were a little hyped even then. According to NASA, on August 27, 2003, Earth and Mars were the closest they have been for around 60,000 years. Mars was indeed a spectacular site in the night sky during several months of 2003.

August 18, 2008 at 6:56 am
(339) Jimbob says:

This was true in 2003. The original email states that Mars will appear as large as the full moon with a “75-power magnification”. So in other words Mars appeared aprx 75x smaller than the full moon. A long way from the “2 moons” email currently circulating!

August 19, 2008 at 8:36 am
(340) earl hasz says:

well,lets see about it,never see it before….hope its true on this coming 27/8/08…if it a hoax,just lough at yourself…he..he..he..

August 21, 2008 at 5:13 am
(341) Nazim says:

2008 is here. So are the Mars-gonna-hit-you-in-the-face e-mails.

August 24, 2008 at 10:25 am
(342) ME says:

IT CAME BACK IN 2008!!

August 25, 2008 at 8:47 am
(343) xdarklightxo says:

this is complete bullcrap, I went out with my telescope last year and didn’t see anything!!!

August 26, 2008 at 5:10 am
(344) Nanoboy says:

Its back again…….27-08-2008……just received an email saying it will occur tonight

August 26, 2008 at 12:09 pm
(345) Sandra says:

Yup…just received it in my email.

August 27, 2008 at 8:51 am
(346) M.A says:

Sorry, but its a Hoax! Mars will came this close only at 2018 and some other year!

The mail was fowarded year to year!

August 27, 2008 at 1:05 pm
(347) toob says:

where is it. I can’t see anything

August 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm
(348) Bernadette Bautista says:

It doesn’t mean a scam, but it really happen once a year because the moon is in between the sun and mars a red planet wherein the reflection from the original moon is on the planet just like a mirror.
In terms of beliefs that’s why this month is called a ghost month because the souls this time is visiting us in this carnal world ,and maybe the same as the soul of a thing in which even haunt every one who happen whom to be with or used to it before . For example an old house being remodelled . though it’s no longer there it keeps haunting those who lived the house . ,like a ghost that keeps on coming back in ones mind,awaken or asleep: the bad and good thins that happen. I’m sure all of us experienced this.
Pertaining to the moon the earths revolution and the moons revolution around the earth as the two revolves around the sun and the alignment of the other planet is the mean reason for this . Actually this is happening every year that’s why more or less this falls on the 27th of August.
Just come to think of it ! Appreciate all that doesn’t harm and don’t despise them .
Through this GOD IS SENDING HIS MESSAGE TO US TO BE REAL and HAVE FAITH IN HIM. PRAISE BE THE LORD IN JESUS NAME THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE INTERCESSION OF MAMA MARY.I LOVE YOU ALL….

August 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm
(349) angelkeeper says:

I wish I found this out before I pasted the email along and also been outside breaking my neck to find the moon. :

August 28, 2008 at 1:19 am
(350) Itikuo says:

Ummmm. I’ll have whatever he’s smoking >.

August 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm
(351) thomas wolff says:

I hate all those mofos saying that mars will be the size of the moon !!! i got worked up for about a fricken month and then i read stuff like this saying it wasnt true !!!!! i was so friken mad!!!!!!!!!!!! >:[

April 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(352) Rick W says:

Just got another in May 2009

April 22, 2009 at 12:14 am
(353) Nicala H says:

I got one of these too. Late April 09. It’s definitely circulating again.

April 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm
(354) Jason says:

My son’s 8th grade science teacher gave a power point presentation about this today in class!! What a hoot… Public education at it’s finest!!!

April 24, 2009 at 1:09 am
(355) Rodolfo Kintanar says:

It is now April 2009 and a friend just emailed me this Urban Legend.

May 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm
(356) Kat says:

May 2009, just got it. Some things refuse to die.

May 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(357) Omeil says:

This has just got circulated at my work in May 10 2009. If this was to happen it would be on the news being something that will only happen once in our life time it would be a biggy.

May 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm
(358) Swammii says:

Thankyou people! I’m doing a science project and was going to do it on ‘August Mars’ but now i know it was a hoax. I will still check it out (2009 that is) but i highly dout it will come. I wis i’d known before i forwarded it.

May 20, 2009 at 11:55 am
(359) edward says:

2009 isn’t the exception either!

June 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm
(360) Neomax says:

Back in 2009… :)

what the NASA says on its web page that still during August if you have a telescope you can spot Mars better than any other time during the year.

June 29, 2009 at 11:06 am
(361) jay dub says:

this is b.s. i had my hopes up but it is a hoax wtf

July 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm
(362) Glenn Moss says:

I just had a co-worker come up and tell me that Mars would be as big as the Moon on August 27th…

Seems you can’t kill this rumor!

August 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(363) Renee says:

August 2009…still going strong. I, too, was fooled but am glad to see I wasn’t trhe only one. It would have been so incredable to see but it’s not to be. Oh well.

August 10, 2009 at 9:35 pm
(364) rogerramjet says:

good practical joke though it would be a good bday thing still going strong 6 yrs later

August 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm
(365) Gabriel says:

AWWW SOOOOOOOOOO SAD! i got an e-mail too :( i knew it was fake 2009! here T_T WAHHH! i wanted to see mars…

when i saw it, my first thought was “OMG that looks like a funny face on mars, wait, whats this about? oh, if that were true the astronots are going to be majorly sad they are leaving in 10 years, because it will take 2 years to get there normaly “

August 24, 2009 at 8:07 am
(366) Sjef says:

I got one in Dutch just now, aug. 2009 ! Come on hoaxers, come up with something new !

August 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm
(367) PINKY says:

WELP IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE GOING TO SEE MARS CLOSE TO EARTH THEN EVER BEFORE ….BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS ….HOW CAN WE MAKE MONEY ON THIS ?

August 28, 2009 at 10:55 am
(368) vennela says:

I woke up at 12.30 to see that.. :-(

September 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm
(369) Rick @ Reflecting Telescopes says:

Hi – just wanted to say I like your design and your blog -

March 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(370) Jimmie Johnson says:

I like Jeff Gordon better!

July 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(371) Regan the non-believer says:

Guess what… 2010 and it’s still circulating! Hopefully by the time the world ends in 2012, this will have actually happened. :) What a pathetic, meaningless bucket of bull crap.

July 13, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(372) Ronald says:

27th August is my birthday! i have been receiving this hoax every year since 2006 or so but nothing really happened. it will happen if i get drank on this day.

July 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(373) Winter says:

The question is, will it come close to the earth or just wate till its like what 2287? I recieved this email last year and the year before and then the year it did happen. So will it happen again or is someone trying to pull ower leg?!

July 31, 2010 at 6:55 am
(374) Pete1141 says:

What a total load of
cobblers this is.
remember Mars will be a maximum size 1/72nd the size of a full Moon,in other
words it will simply look like a very bright star,Venus by the way gets MUCH
brighter than this every 18/24 months and nobody bangs on about that do
they.

August 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(375) Vikki says:

i got the e-mail. its 8/9/10

August 18, 2010 at 11:01 am
(376) punith tamash says:

ooooooooooooooooooh REAlLY?? if there will rise two moons I like to said you that is an annoyng thing but that person who said that is a LOOONER heeheheheheh…………………….

August 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm
(377) Phyllis says:

Sorry to bust the Urben Ledgend’s bubble, but this is Fact and Not Fiction! It’s in the 2010 Farmer’s Alumnac that this will take place, as AUGUST
2010 has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays & 5 Tuesdays. Happens once in 800 years. 2 moons on 27th. Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. Will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Will cultivate when Mars comes within 34.65M miles off earth. Watch
…… the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. Will look like earth has 2 moons. Next
time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

This is True!

August 26, 2010 at 3:23 am
(378) Sammy says:

Seems there are people out there wasting their time and cheating the community. Prove your information before circulating to people, think if one is a teacher and soon after getting the information supply it to student?

August 26, 2010 at 10:30 am
(379) Allison Wilkinson says:

I just received this email…guess I was supposed to have seen it every August for the past 7 years???

August 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(380) debbie says:

Phyllis – no it’s not.

http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/skywatch

August 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm
(381) Stephanie_wolfgrl says:

Dudez, I got that e-mail and I totall thought it was true… I’m sad that everyone says it’s not… =( i’m gonna lay under the sky tonight just to make sure…

August 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(382) Stephanie_wolfgrl says:

Allison Wilkinson, I totally agree with you… this has been going around WAY too often. like every year… :(

P.S. I love the moon (mainly because of the moonlight on a clear night), but Mars is boring. Tho, it would be cool to see it as two moons…

August 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(383) Stephanie_wolfgrl says:

Kristal (on comment 270), i also agree with you. I won’t be missing anything, because the Moon is BEAUTIFUL! <3 <3 Gonna fall asleep outside tonight…

September 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm
(384) Bob says:

Who ever come up with this was full of crap.
I watched, Mars looked like a star.
Never in no way got anywhere as big as the moon let alone being able to see it’s details with the naked eye.
I think people need to get their research straight before posting it on this joke called the internet

August 9, 2013 at 9:18 am
(385) marianne says:

It happened in 2003, but that’s not the last time. Earth and Mars get this close about every 26 months.

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