Thursday, August 26, 2010

Two moons on 27th August (Nuzul Quran)?

I received a chain e-mail from my sis yesterday, as stated below.

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eyes. This will cultivate on August, 27 when Mars come within 34.65M miles off earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug, 27th 12.30am. it will look like the earth has 2 moons.
The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again!

My first impression? Owh excited ok! Da plan malam ni nak bertenggek kat balcony mengadap langit sambil makan freeze macaron :D But then something just gets in my mind this morning. Is it true? If I'm not mistaken, I've read something more or less like this one before. Let's Google!

And I'm quite shock with the results. This is just hoax fellas. The email has been circulated around the world wide web since 2003. Well if you think you are smart enough in school and very good with numbers you may check out this site :p Physics Forums. I'm so not into mathematics so I just skipped that one hehe. But seriuosly it's a very convincing and mind blowing debates by the astronomy geniuses.

For a brief explanation for this good old hoax, you may refer to NASA Science. I found this website much easier to understand for someone who doesn't have any moons, planets and galaxies backgrounds. Hee.. Here's short notes from NASA:
  1. It is true that Earth and Mars are converging--you're now 300 miles closer--but even at closest approach the two planets are separated by a gulf of tens of millions of miles. From such a distance, Mars looks like a star, an intense yet tiny pinprick of light, never a full Moon.
  2. A backyard telescope pointed at Mars on August 27th may reveal vast clouds of dust partially eclipsing some of the planet's familiar surface markings. Or it may reveal a totally orange ball—that's what Mars looks like when the dust storm kicks into high gear. Take a look; every night the view improves. You're now 1000 miles closer to the planet Mars.
  3. So.. you should forget about Mars on August 27th, right? Not so fast. While there won't be Two Moons on August 27th, there will be Two Eyes! At 3 o'clock in the morning on that date, Mars will rise in the eastern sky alongside the red giant star Aldebaran. The two red lights side-by-side will resemble two eerie, unblinking eyes. This is worth waking up for!
I get excited back again. But.. Can the Two Eyes be visible to us in Malaysia? Hukk.. I really hope so. I've tried searching in today's newspaper if there's any press conference or just short infos regarding this by Angkasa Malaysia but to no avail *Sigh.. FYI My hubby's good friend (aka Asna's hubby) is currently in Oklahoma for a business visit. And he did stated in his Facebook page that he may stop by the Houston Space Center soon?? Oh how I wish!!

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