Two Moons on August 27? I don’t Think So, Tim.
Monday, August 13, 2007
As discussed more thoroughly in another Hoax-Slayer article, the "Mars will be close to Earth" hoax has become an annual event. Every July and August, messages claiming that Mars will be close to Earth late in August vigorously circulate. Mars was close to Earth back in August 2003, but this has certainly not been true in the years hence and 2007 is no exception.
Moreover, some versions of the message have become even more wildly exaggerated. One popular version currently circulating claims that we will witness "2 moons on 27th August 2007". According to the message, Mars will look as large as the moon to the naked eye. This is pure nonsense. The claim was untrue even when Mars was actually close to the Earth back in 2003. I remember viewing Mars from my backyard with my children in that year. Certainly it was spectacular, but nowhere near the size of the moon to the naked eye.
In fact, this version misquotes an earlier version. The original stated:
At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
The new version conveniently omits the "magnification" part.
So, don't be duped. Of course, Mars won't look as big as the moon to the naked eye! In fact, it will not even be particularly close to the Earth in 2007.
An example of the hoax email:
Subject: 2 MOONS ON 27 AUGUST 2007
27th August 2007, a Monday the Whole World is waiting for.............2 moons on 27th August 2007
Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27, 2007 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons.
The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again.
posted by Brett Christensen @ 11:21 AM,
- At August 30, 2009 2:18 AM, 10-2030 said...
Well, that email got me. I was out looking! Guess what? I did not see a thing. Just goes to show, even email from a trusted source, can be false.