Will Mars appear as large as a full moon in August 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?

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