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August: Return of the Mars hoax.

posted Friday July 23, 2010

It happens every August. Lots of people call the planetarium asking about this scary e-mail they received that says Mars will look as big as the Moon in the night sky.

FOLKS, IT'S A HOAX. More accurately, it's really bad misinformation.

Delete the e-mail NOW. Check the facts (and the history) in this explanation from the astronomy experts at Sky & Telescope. And save that link for next August -- chances are, you'll need it again.