Ravings and Rantings

Welcome to my cloud! It's got a nice silver lining somewhere.....Some ranting, some raving--mostly positive stuff,lots of jokes (I can't stay serious). Nothing going on here that a pina colada or mohito can't fix.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Hooray for Hazel

And from pal Monique...this planetary news.....

>>The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next,
>>Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate
>>in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.
>>time Mars may come this close is 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 before it
>>happens again.
>>The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to
>>within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon)
>>the brightest object in the night sky. 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 to the naked eye. Mars
>>will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in
>>the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.
>>By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will
>>rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at
>>12:30a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human
>>being 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 with your children and grandchildren. NO ONE ALIVE


  • At 6/28/2005 07:49:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said…

    Time to set up the telescope!

  • At 6/28/2005 09:15:00 PM, Blogger Avery's mom said…

    super neato! My baby is due the end of August so I hope that I dont miss this spectacular night show by giving birth. I want to see this.

  • At 6/28/2005 09:26:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    You bet, tshsmom! I'll be setting up mine too (TOLD ya'll I'm a nerd!).

    Robyn call about cutting it close. Hope all goes well and that you get to see the show!


  • At 6/28/2005 11:15:00 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said…

    That's actually pretty cool. Thanks for the tip.
    We used to stargaze. I need to do that again. We're far enough away from town that we could do that too from the backyard.

  • At 6/29/2005 01:45:00 AM, Blogger TaiChimp said…

    Yippee! Dad and I are astronomy lovers. We have a telescope, but it is clunky and nt too portable. We live with a lot of light pollution.

  • At 6/29/2005 07:43:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    TaiChimp! Head on over to Zombieslayer's!!!

    tee hee hee. Glad that most of us here have interests in common! So TaiChimp, you have a reflecting telescope, right?

    MAN it's been a long time. I'll be out there with ya, Zs (and everyone else!)...Bridg


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