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    Mars - August 27

    Does anyone know how I might go about seeing mars on August 27 (yes, I know how to look at the sky!)

    Also, at what time will It be visible?
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    Mars, hmm. Well all I can say is its another one of those big "blown out of context" stories in the media.

    Yes, Mars will be at its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years, but the fact remains that about every 2-3 years, Mars gets "almost" this close. The difference between this encounter, the last, and the next is very small when you consider the distances involved. That said, Mars will rise in the East. It will be the brightest thing in the sky with an orange / red hue. The magnitude should be somewhere around -3. (The un-aided human eye can see to about +6 maginitude and the smaller the number the brighter an object is. I believe the sun comes in aroud -27 or so, but don't quote me on that).

    If you've got a decent telescope, the view gets better, but don't get your hope up too high. I just got out my 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain last weekent to take a look and, sure you can see a disk and all, but you really can't make out too much detail. Jupiter and Saturn are far more interesting when viewable.

    I think the big event was last year when most of the solar system was in alignment. That was neat to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all at once. Oh yeah, and Earth too, but I can always see that one. Even during the day!

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    what time (GMT) will mars be visible?

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    Originally posted by scroots
    what time (GMT) will mars be visible?

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    Well the time is given in the CNN article in EDT which is just EST with daylight saving time taken into account which should calculate to GMT as:

    05:51:00 Wed Aug 27 2003 in US/Eastern converts to
    09:51:00 Wed Aug 27 2003 in GMT
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    Maybe I am just an old turd for saying this, but if I remember the idea behind Time Zones, is that whole rotation-of earth thing...and it being round and all.

    ANYWHO, my point is that you shouldn't need to do time zone calculations for the time that mars is visible...that would be either at night or at 9:51. Think about it, do the time zone math for Russia, and then realize that mars will only be visible on the other side of the world at that time.

    Point is, Mars will be CLOSEST TO EARTH at 5: whatever mountain time, that doesnt mean it will be viewable then.

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    LOL ROFL

    I must admit, that cracked me up *creased*

    It's just so true... but Spooks made a very understandable mistake. In fact, I'm glad I didn't make it, because I could have easily done so without thinking

    I bet he's gonna feel a fool later poor Spooks!

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    Originally posted by Ben@WEBProp
    Maybe I am just an old turd for saying this, but if I remember the idea behind Time Zones, is that whole rotation-of earth thing...and it being round and all.

    ANYWHO, my point is that you shouldn't need to do time zone calculations for the time that mars is visible...that would be either at night or at 9:51. Think about it, do the time zone math for Russia, and then realize that mars will only be visible on the other side of the world at that time.

    Point is, Mars will be CLOSEST TO EARTH at 5: whatever mountain time, that doesnt mean it will be viewable then.

    If this offends you, remember, Im old...give me a break.

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    That might be true in a few cases but not all cases.

    You still would need to do time zone calculations for example if one person lives on the east coast of the U.S.A. and one person lives on the west coast,, and they say Mars will be the most visible at 5:21 AM EDT (for you old folks, EST with daylight savings time taken into account) then for those on the west coast it would be 2:21 AM PST. Since both locations are on the same side of this planet with the planet being round and all then Mars would be most visible at two different times under two different time zones. Besides it doesn't need to be nighttime for people to be able to view planets.
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    Originally posted by krycek
    LOL ROFL

    I bet he's gonna feel a fool later poor Spooks!

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    who's the fool now ricecheck...err flyspeck....or whatever your name is.
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    Originally posted by Spookster
    who's the fool now ricecheck...err flyspeck....or whatever your name is.
    LMAO

    The thing is, you cannot assume that Mars will be visible at that same time in a different place.

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    Originally posted by krycek
    LMAO

    The thing is, you cannot assume that Mars will be visible at that same time in a different place.

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    I am not one who assumes. At any given second, half of this planet will would have a line of view on Mars whether it be right on the horizon or high up in the sky.
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    Just a heads-up...

    It's still out there, peeps! Grab a telescope or a good set of binoculars and check it out!

    Once in a lifetime thing - gotta do it...

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    Re: Just a heads-up...

    Originally posted by Arctic Fox
    Once in a lifetime thing - gotta do it...
    Hmm, once in a lifetime? I hope not, otherwise you'll be dead in about 2 years!

    As I said before, Mars comes this close every 2-3 years. On the next approach, Mars will be about 150,000 miles further at it's closest. When you consider it's still about 35 million miles, 150,000 is really peanuts.

    A "once in a lifetime" thing would be the Shoemaker-Levy comet impact on Jupiter in the early 90's. Probably not going to see that again in our lifetimes!


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