Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Mars for real
Image generated by the Solar System Simulator
I've had several queries about an circulating email claiming that Mars is going to be as big as the Moon to the naked eye in August. It's a hoax, and one that has been circulating since 2003, during the Great Opposition of Mars. The opposition of Mars in 2005 will be on November 7, not August, and Mars will appear like a bright star to the naked eye, although even small telescopes will reveal a disk and some markings. I've put up my 2005 Mars Opposition page with observing hints, spotter maps, links to interesting Mars sites and an ephemeris for those interested in observing this years opposition.
[update] Sat 6 Aug. See Tom's post on the Mars hoax.