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This will be a once in a lifetime event.

This will be a once in a lifetime event.

The Red Planet is about to become a spectacular sight! 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.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to
within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be the brightest except fot
the moon 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 10 p.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. Share this with your children and grandchildren.

No one alive will ever see this again.
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Its been up for a while, Ive been seeing it every night




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I am a Vampire....I will see it again

Last week at Jimmy's, we all where checking it out.....its pretty cool, its just left of the moon I believe.
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Supposedly Tony it will be much "bigger" than what we see now!

Personally i do not see how but thats what they say.

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This is cool I'll look for it tonight. Someone needs to get a picture of this for me if they could. I don't have a good camera yet.
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Its been up for a while, Ive been seeing it every night
maybe you and i can take a walk down the riverwalk tonite, and you can point it out to me










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Wow, I'll be lookin' for it tonight.
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maybe you and i can take a walk down the riverwalk tonite, and you can point it out to me
Sounds very romantic.

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Sounds very romantic.
don't tell him, but i was planning on bringing some roses and champaign too
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Well, part of that first post is true however it will not appear to look like a full moon.

If you guys know anyone with a good telescope it is close enogh to see the ice caps and the parts of the valley.

Very cool to see this close.

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Well, part of that first post is true however it will not appear to look like a full moon.

If you guys know anyone with a good telescope it is close enogh to see the ice caps and the parts of the valley.

Very cool to see this close.

Tim
I think I'm going to go buy a telescope just for this. I've been wanting to get on for a long time and this is just the push I needed to go get one. I just hope the wife thinks the same .
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just don't aim it at the neighbors place or she'll hit you on the head with it
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just don't aim it at the neighbors place or she'll hit you on the head with it
Yeah, If I didn't let her watch.
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I just took some astronomy courses and one of the professors created a telescope buying guide. If you have a fax # I will be happy to send it to ya.
If you are really serious about checking it out, I have a friend who has a dobsonian telescope and is always happy to let people check it out. This is just about the most primo telescope you can buy.

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Sorry, no fax here. Is it possible you could e-mail it?
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Yea,

I will have my wife scan it tonight.
Whats your e-mail?
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[email protected] Thanks dude this will help me alot.
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you think you could see it by the planetarium? maybe i'll take my girl out there since it's her last night here before she goes to school
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If you are really serious about checking it out, I have a friend who has a dobsonian telescope and is always happy to let people check it out. This is just about the most primo telescope you can buy.

Tim
I would really like to take you up on that offer.
I would like to see it better.

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I'll talk to my buddy tonight and see when he has some time to set it up. Last time we went at around midnight. Once I get the info I will post it and welcome anyone who wants to check it out.

His telescope is unbelievable. This thing is almost seven feet tall.

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i didn't see shit last night! coudln't even find the moon...
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Checking out Mars through that big telescope would be really cool. I've been to a viewing event in the forrest preserves put on by the Chicago
Astronomical Society. That was sweet. We could look through about five different high quality telescopes aimed at different objects. Glad I brought a flashlight. It's quite dark in the forrest at night.

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Checking out Mars through that big telescope would be really cool. I've been to a viewing event in the forrest preserves put on by the Chicago
Astronomical Society. That was sweet. We could look through about five different high quality telescopes aimed at different objects. Glad I brought a flashlight. It's quite dark in the forrest at night.
if you have more info on this, it would be greatly appreciated!
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