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Old 08-17-2003, 01:16 AM   #1
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Transmitting live from Mars

So, has anyone else been out to look at Mars lately? Tonight I finally took a look and WOW! I'm about to order a telescope so I can get a better view before the end of September.

For those who don't know, Mars is as close to Earth as it has been in recorded history, nor will it be this close again until August 28, 2287. You can see it come up around 10 p.m. (in the U.S., I'm not sure about other areas) looking toward the southeast. It's hard to miss--it looks like a red star, only it doesn't blink (stars blink, planets don't). With a decent telescope, you can even see one of Mars' white polar caps. The peak day will be August 28.

On August 24, Uranus will be at its closest to Earth too. It is easy to find, as it is a little above Mars. Looking through binoculars, it will appears as a blue "star."

Anyway, I was just excited and wondered if others were checking this out too. Happy planetgazing!
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Cool. Unfortunately if it's 10 pm in the US it'd be mid-morning here.
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I think you should still be able to see it from Singapore. The website for the Singapore Science Centre says that Mars rises from the southeast horizon in Singapore around 9 p.m. Apparently they are having a party and observation at the end of the month.
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cool, I might go if I can find my way there (as I live quite a distance from the SSC).
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I've kinda been keeping up with it...I haven't been to my Astronomy Club meetings in a couple months since I was busy with my friend's wedding in Florida last month. The meeting is next Friday, so hopefully they'll have some more to say about Mars then too.

When I came out of the Blue Man Group concert on Wednesday night, Mars was so pretty. It had just rained, and there was a small circular break in the clouds where the moon (which was almost full) and Mars were peeking thru side by side...it was soo purty
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No one wants to see Uranus
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mofo, that was one of the most mind-numbingly awful jokes I've ever seen posted

well, next to mine anyway
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boo. bad joke mofo





if it's been cloudy should i bother getting off my lazy ass and seeing if i can see it?
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I want to see Uranus.
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Well......ok....but just this once....





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