From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Mars on August 27

I hoped it was true, but it isn't.



Have you received any e-mail lately about Mars being unusually close to earth on August 27? I have received it from several people, and I was quite interested in it. I thought I'd do a little research and perhaps write about it on the blog. I was hoping for a clear night on August 27 so I could observe the phenomenon.

A quick search for "Mars August 27" yielded some surprising information: this planetary event happened in 2003, and the e-mails for it are still circulating.

Now that I think about it, it does seem that I remember this happening with Mars. I should remember it more clearly than I do, but I was pretty busy at that time. It was the beginning of the Iraq war and Dennis had gone to Kuwait for AAFES. Keely was starting college, Isaac was starting high school, and I was working full-time. All in all, I probably didn't have much time to look at the late-night sky.

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4 comments:

StarXLR8 said...

I've been a longtime frequenter of space.com for all my astronomical needs.

Sure is interesting how long emails are forwarded around, huh?

Genevieve said...

Hi, Starxlr8. It is amazing, indeed, and in this case, a little disappointing!

Stretch Mark Mama said...

Just got that e-mail today, ha ha ha, crack me up. At least I know I can rest in peace, knowing that I am not sleeping through some event that actually happened four years ago! :)

Genevieve said...

Wow, Stretch Mark Mama, I think I've had about 3000 people visit this post in the last couple weeks, and amazingly, you are the only one who left a comment. Thanks for visiting!

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