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Earth Changes TV/Breaking News - Mars

From: Mitch Battros <earthcng@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 22:44:10 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 08:06:52 -0400
Subject: Earth Changes TV/Breaking News - Mars

A close encounter with Mars...04/22/99

(NASA) Go outside about 2 hours after sunset and look toward the
East. That brilliant red star you see just above the horizon is
Mars, and it's headed our way. There's nothing to worry about.
Mars won't come any closer to Earth than about 54 million miles,
but this week and next Mars will be brighter and nearer to Earth
than at any time since 1990. It's a great opportunity for
amateurs to see details on the red planet through a small
telescope or to simply view Mars with the naked eye.

On April 24, Mars reaches "opposition," which means that it
passes through a point in its orbit that is directly opposite
the sun as seen from Earth. At opposition Mars rises near sunset
and is visible all night from most latitudes. Shining at
magnitude -1.6, it will appear to be one of the brightest stars
in the sky on Saturday night. In fact, it will be as bright as
Sirius and second only to Venus in brilliance.

"This is a great time to view Mars with the naked eye," says Dr.
John Horack, a NASA astronomer. "By mid- to late-June the planet
will be a full magnitude dimmer, but for the next few weeks it
will be spectacular."

To find Mars simply go outside any night for the next couple of
weeks about an hour or two after sunset. Reddish colored Mars
should be easy to spot 20 to 25 degrees above the horizon in the
east-southeast. Later in the evening, near midnight, Mars can be
seen due South about 45 degrees above the horizon from
mid-latitude sites in the northern hemisphere.

Mitch Battros
Producer - Earth Changes TV
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