Mars will be spectacular this weekend, really – Skywatchers await Mars close-up – Oct 27, 2005
I’ve seen a variation on the “Mars will be spectacular soon.” meme float around emails for some time. This has been inaccurate, a leftover from 2003 when it really was bright and spectacular.
This weekend, Saturday to be precise, Mars will be a relative maximum in brightness and relatively close–although, again, not as close as in 2003.
I hope the skies are clear Saturday Night. The closest approach will be at 11:25 PM EDT. (So, 10:30 for us here in the Midwest).
UPDATE: This morning, at 5 am, as I walked out to my car to go to work, what should I see, not far away from Orion, but the bright red dot of Mars. I wished I had my binoculars handy, for it really did blaze in its portion of the sky, to the exclusion of everything else. The reddish glow was definitely evident.

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  1. I’ll have to pop outside at night and take a look.
    The best Mars emails were the ones that said the planet would be as big as the moon. I think we’d be in some serious trouble if it was.

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