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Wednesday, January 8, 2003



Mars Approach

A global view of Mars.
A global view of Mars.
Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS
On August 27th, 2003, you will be in for a show. Mars will approach its closest distance from the Earth in 50,000 years then, at only 34,646,418 miles. At a magnitude of 2.9, it will be the brightest star in our sky. Mark your calendars now :). It should hit magnitude 1.0 by February...before dawn, unfortunately.

As a purely technical note, this is the first news update done by our brand-new automated script, which I hope to improve in the near future to allow us to update from any computer in the world. We're all very excited about it :)


- posted by Brian @ 18:44 EST