Will Mars appear as large as a full moon in August 2011?Posted: August 22, 2011
Short answer: NO.
Deborah Byrd addresses the internet meme that just won’t go away on Earth & Sky:
As August 27, 2011 approaches, some people still hope – and still believe – that it’s possible for the planet Mars to appear as large as a full moon in Earth’s sky. Meanwhile, others know it is not possible – now or ever.
Yet … it’s happening again. An email is circulating suggesting that – on August 27, 2011 – Mars will appear as large as a full moon in Earth’s sky.
SEE MARS AS LARGE AS THE FULL MOON ON 27TH AUGUST 2011 Should be spectacular! Truly a once in a lifetime experience!
The version I saw actually included a powerpoint presentation, suggesting that Mars and Earth’s moon will appear as a “double moon” in late August.
It sounds amazing! Can it possibly be true?
What have you and your students heard and/or read about Mars and the Moon?