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Dala  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

It was Mars then. I guess it is brighter than I am used to. It did seem reddish though, so I should have guessed.

francopoli  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Mars will be directly opposite the sun on July 27. This is going to be the closest Mars has been to the earth since 2003 hence it is brighter than normal.

Which makes the dust storm a pain in the ass for anyone wanting to take pictures of Mars; all we are getting right now is a featureless orange ball.

Dala  ·  225 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh, I remember the "Mars is going to be as big as the moon in the sky" hoaxes back in '03. Wonder if that's going around again.

Sorry about the dust storm. I really should attempt to clean my telescope and try to look for myself.

francopoli  ·  225 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yea that is popping up again. And no, just, no. I just sat in on a teleconference about this damnable malarky. All from a misunderstanding of a post from 2005

Mars is the fourth brightest object in the sky, but nowhere near as big or bright as the moon.