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 Mars data for August 27, 2010
 
Rises:

10:27am

Transits:

  4:08pm - Time of highest position in the sky, due South

Sets:

  9:49pm

Constellation:

Virgo

Phase:

94.77% illuminated

Distance:

2.13204772 AU = 318,949,799 km = 198,186,219 miles = 17.76 light-minutes

Magnitude:

1.5

Apparent size:

4.39 arcseconds in angular diameter - this is about  1/500th the apparent diameter of the Moon!
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Elongation from Sun:

43.60 (evening sky)

Dates of Opposition (when Mars is closest to the Earth)

Previous:

Friday Jan 29, 2010 at 2:21pm. Distance: 99,400,435 km. Size: 14.08 arcseconds.

Next:

Saturday Mar 3, 2012 at 3:52pm. Distance: 100,839,728 km. Size: 13.88 arcseconds.


On 8/27/2010 at 9:09:24pm Mars will be 6.3 above the west-southwest horizon, just about to set for the night

Question: Will Mars be "as big as a Full Moon on August 27!" ???
 Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Question: Will there be "Two Full Moons in the Sky!" ???
 Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Mars was the closest in recorded history on August 27, but that was in 2003!
At that time, it was 1/75
th the apparent diameter of the Moon!  NOT the "same size".

Please check these respected sites for their stories on the "Mars hoax" by clicking on the links below:

    Sky & Telescope

   
Snopes.com

    Hoax-slayer

    Universe Today
 

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