The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!!!
Claim: The planet Mars will make a once-in-our-lifetimes remarkably close approach to Earth in August.
- Mars passed extraordinarily close to Earth in August 2003: True.
- Mars will pass extraordinarily close to Earth in August 2005: False.
- Mars will pass close to Earth in October 2005: True.
Origins: The piece quoted above is another example of an item that was once true but is now being circulated again, long after the events it describes have come to pass. This article was relevant back in 2003, but it is not applicable now, two years later.
Mars did make an extraordinarily close approach to Earth which culminated on
Although Mars' proximity to Earth in
Mars will have another close encounter with Earth in in 2005, but that occurrence will take place in October (not August), and the red planet will appear about 20% smaller than it did during similar circumstances in 2003.
The Mars phenomenon of 2003 was featured in a couple of articles on the web site Space.com which are still well worth the reading: Mars to Get Closer than Ever in Recorded History in 2003 and Orbital Oddities: Why Mars will be So Close to Earth in August. Interested observers also joined