Wednesday, September 09, 2009

OMG look at Mars!

Look up at the sky tomorrow morning (and that morning only), and the planet MARS IS HALF THE SIZE OF VENUS! At 1.5 AU distance, the red planet suptends 6 seconds of arc, while the larger Venus, at 1.3 AU, suptends 12. But this relationship will not last forever! As Earth catches up to Mars in its orbit, and Venus pulls away, this ratio will increase. So act now! Mars has not been this close for 16 months; it will not be closer until tomorrow! And this arbitrary geometric relationship will not occur again until 25 May 2010!

THIS IS NOT A HOAX! The planets will not cease their orbital motions while you procrastinate! Link this post, email your friends, and tweet it now!

5 comments:

Lockwood said...

Wow! That's like 5 moons across! Waitaminit... do I have my numerator and denominator reversed?

Chuck said...

That and you're mixing up seconds and minutes...

Lockwood said...

Yeah, I figured you'd catch that.

Anonymous said...

And isn't 25 May 2010 exactly 941 days from 21 December 2012 and isn't 941 the exact height of the Giza pyramid in Celtic cubits?

D.B. Echo said...

ONE-AND-A-HALF VENUSES IN THE NIGHT SKY!

...that doesn't quite have the staying power of TWO MOONS ON AUGUST 27!!!!