Mars close to Earth? Even Hollywood stars will watch tonight
The Dish Rag will be watching Hollywood's hottest TV stars arrive at pre-Emmy parties tonight. But the brightest stellar event will be overhead.
Mars will outshine everything in the sky tonight for the first time in 5,000 years. And it may not happen again for another 60,000 years.
This close encounter between Mars and Earth will be on Friday (Aug 27) 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, whatever that means.
Experts who know about such things say this happens because of the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit. Or something like that.
So look up, folks. Stop watching prime time TV tonight. Go outside, look up and marvel at the mysterious and vast universe we live in.
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