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Old 27 July 2018, 20:48
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Mars in Opposition

The Red Planet is really starting to get brighter with each passing night, the closest it will come to Earth during this period will be about 0400 on the morning of July 31.

Check it out, won't get this close again for another 17 years.
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Old 27 July 2018, 21:31
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The Red Planet is really starting to get brighter with each passing night, the closest it will come to Earth during this period will be about 0400 on the morning of July 31.

Check it out, won't get this close again for another 17 years.

Well, I better look. Don't think I'll make the next passing.
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Old 27 July 2018, 21:31
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The Red Planet is really starting to get brighter with each passing night, the closest it will come to Earth during this period will be about 0400 on the morning of July 31.

Check it out, won't get this close again for another 17 years.
The 0400 hrs is that your time? There is a 3 hrs difference in my time would you please tell me what time it will where I am
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Old 28 July 2018, 08:37
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Mars’ closest approach will be at 1 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday, according to EarthSky.org.
So when you get out of the bar Monday night, look up.
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Old 28 July 2018, 08:49
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Isn’t that when the Martians are supposed to launch an invasion of Earth or something like that?
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Old 28 July 2018, 09:24
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Took out the ol' Bausch & Lomb Balscope Sr. spotting scope last night and set it up on the patio at about 2300 hrs last night. Put on the 60x eyepiece, extended the glare shield as the full moon was very close to the target, and could plainly see the orange disk of the Martians' home planet, but any detail was lost as there is apparently a huge dust storm going on now.

Swung around to the west and saw Jupiter with 5 of its moons framing it. Very cool as the two big ones were right at 3 and 9 o'clock to it.

Moved back east, splitting the difference between. Mars and Jupiter and saw Saturn presenting her rings at a nice angle... sometimes they're edge-on and you can't see them without a real telescope.

Then we looked at the moon, but at 60x you couldn't get the whole thing into frame at once. The monolith in the bottom of Tycho was there, soaking up the sun as it has since being uncovered. Daughter Victoria is in Italy and saw the eclipse of the moon, said it was red AF.

Good night of stargazing
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Old 28 July 2018, 11:20
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The 0400 hrs is that your time? There is a 3 hrs difference in my time would you please tell me what time it will where I am
That will be 0400 EST, 0300 CST and 0100 PST.

Looking up at Mars right now as it nears its closest point to Earth for now, you realize what a daunting task it will be to send a manned mission there.

Not to mention getting them back, if that is the plan. I think Buzz Aldrin has suggested it should be a one way trip.
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...and they've found water on the planet, which is a pretty big deal.
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Gonna need water if I'm to start the first Martian brewery.
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Why would Mars oppose Earth anyhow? We done nothing to them.
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Old 29 July 2018, 01:37
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Why would Mars oppose Earth anyhow? We done nothing to them.
Because Mars is fed up with Facebook’s bullshit and is unfriending the whole damn planet.
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Because Mars is fed up with Facebook’s bullshit and is unfriending the whole damn planet.
Fuck, yeah! Me, too. Good for Mars.

In all seriousness, I would LOVE to see this stuff, but it won't quit RAINING, damn it!!
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Old 31 July 2018, 02:21
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Why would Mars oppose Earth anyhow? We done nothing to them.
Really? What about launching a SpaceX Mars rocket with a Tesla car in it? This could translate into a declaration of war in several alien languages.
What about Curiosity rover? Wouldn't you be pissed by some goddamn alien robot taking selfies on your planet, driving around aimlessly and digging in the dirt? Maybe the dirt is sacred.


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but it won't quit RAINING
It was cloudy where I live during the entire planet shuffle, so I saw one big nothing. Here's hoping that my kids will be more lucky.
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