August 27 at 00:30 Lift up your eyes and look up at the night sky. On this night, the planet Mars will pass just 34.65 million miles from the earth. To the naked eye it looks like two of the moon above the ground! The next time Mars will be so close to the Earth as much as in 2287.
Share the news with your friends, because no one living on this earth has ever seen!
Which sounds like an awfully big deal, astronomically speaking, except it's all a big lie a lie that has been repeated every year, almost verbatim, for the past nine years running.
In 2003, the orbit of Mars actually did bring it to within 34.8 million miles from Earth, the closest encounter between the two planets in 50,000 years, and the closest any human being will see until 2287. There's no disputing that it was a once-in-a-lifetime event. Granted, Mars never got so close that it looked like a "second moon," as has been claimed, but it was a brighter-than-usual, redder-than-usual presence in the night sky for a few weeks toward the end of August 2003.
I can't explain why people want to claim every year that it's happening again, but they do. In fact, it's practically an Internet tradition.
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