Two Moons on August 27, 2007

     Have you seen this e-mail recently?

FW: Two moons MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS  ** Two moon on 27 August ***

27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for…………. Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky Starting August.   It will look as large as the full moon to the naked Eye. This will happen On Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch The sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. 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.

     I have seen it a couple of times and each time I have double checked to make sure I wasn’t going to miss something I would never be able to see again.  It turns out I already did miss it because it happened in August of 2003.  This is what I found on the Urban Legends website…

The oscillating orbits of Mars and Earth did, in fact, bring the two planets closer together on August 27, 2003 than at any other time during the past 50,000 years. Though Mars never actually appeared "as large as the full moon" — not even close — it was indeed, for a few days in 2003, among the brightest objects in the night sky.

     There will be an almost full moon tonight and a full moon on August 28, 2007.  If it is a clear night then you will be able to see the full moon, just not two.