My final note for today

My final note for today (I’m on a roll!) relates to my perennial interest in space: this from Esther (forwarded from someone else):
On August 27th the earth will make a CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH MARS, apparently the closest in recorded history the two planets have ever come to each other.
“Never again in our lifetime will the Red Planet be so spectacular This month
and next Earth is catching up with Mars, an encounter that will culminate in
the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.
The next time Mars may come this close will be in 2287. Due to the way
Jupiter’s gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only
be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the last 5,000
years but it may be as long as 60,000 years. The encounter will culminate on
August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles and will be the
brightest object in the night sky other than the moon. 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 looks to the
naked eye.
Mars is easy to spot — it currently rises in the east at 11 p.m. and
reaches its azimuth at about 3 a.m. But by the end of August, when the two
planets are closest, Mars will rise in the east at nightfall and reach its
highest point in the southern sky around midnight. That’s pretty convenient
when it comes to seeing something that no human 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! No one alive today will ever see this again!!!!”

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