2 Moons & Mars: August 27 2010?

Will there be 2 moons on August 27th, 2010?
I heard in August 27 there will be 2 moons in sky, but one of them is Mars. Is it real or it's just a hoax?
I personally don't believe the rumor, gravity would pull Earth and Mars together if they were that close.
What are the scientific facts about this? Couldn't find anything about it on the NASA website.

asked by Fragrance in Astronomy & Space | 3606 views | 08-26-2010 at 11:32 PM

No, there will not be 2 moons on August 27, 2010.
It's a hoax... Mars would have to venture 200 times closer (and out of it's orbit) to appear 'larger than the moon.'
I received an email talking about this. The close approach with Mars described in the message happened in August 27, 2003. It was nice, but not nearly a large as the full moon.

The facts: in August 2010, Mars will be very far away from the Earth. Even when it next gets close, in March 2012, it will still be twice as far away as it was in August 2003. And even then, it was only 1/75 the size of the Moon.

answered by Travis | 08-26-2010 at 11:32 PM

The 2 moons rumor that involves Mars is false.
Seven years ago, on August 27, 2003, the oscillating orbits of Mars and Earth did, in fact, bring the two planets closer together than at any other time during the past 50,000 years. And though Mars never actually appeared "as large as the full moon to the naked eye" not even close it was indeed, for a few special days in 2003, among the brightest objects in the night sky.

answered by Special | 08-27-2010 at 02:45 AM

Snopes said Mars does come almost as near to the Earth every 15 to 17 years, but without magnification it wouldn't appear significantly larger or brighter than during other times when it is close.
It would be awesome to see Mars the size of the moon but for our own safe, it's better if that never happens.

answered by Deimos | 08-27-2010 at 03:24 PM

ahaha that sucks!

answered by Guest | 08-27-2010 at 08:23 PM

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