Want to see the red planet Mars pairing up with the moon in August 2011? Tomorrow’s the day. Get up early and look eastward in the wee hours before dawn on Thursday, August 25. Mars will look like a modestly bright reddish star.
Contrary to what the rumor mill has to say, Mars won’t look as large as the full moon in August 2011. Not even close. With all the vitality of error, a popular e-mail resurfaces at this time every year to spread misinformation like wildfire, telling everyone that Mars is to appear as large as the full moon on August 27.
Will Mars appear as large as the full moon in August 2011?
How to see Mars in August 2011
Check out Mars for yourself. Look in the east at least an hour before sunrise. Find the waning crescent moon first, and then seek for nearby Mars. As seen from North America, the moon and Mars will cozy up close enough together to occupy a single binocular field of view. Elsewhere around the world, the moon and Mars may not appear quite that close, but they’ll be pairing up in the eastern sky all the same.
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