My in box is filling up with questions about Mars being close to Earth August 27, 2009. Will it be a spectacular sight?
Mars will be downright awful in August. In late August Mars doesn't rise until almost 1:30 am and it will be very far from Earth - nearly 150 million miles distant. The view will be much better in late January, 2010 when Mars is at opposition. Opposition refers to the time when Mars is opposite the Sun in the sky. As such, it rises at sunset and is visible all night long. In January Mars will be much closer to Earth than in August, by almost 100 million miles.
The Mars Hoax has been going around the Internet every year since 2003. Mars was very close to Earth in August that year, just 35 million miles away.