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ToSeek
2003-Jun-06, 01:20 AM
Some nifty photos to prove it (http://elvis.rowan.edu/marswatch/images/2003-06.html)

AK
2003-Jun-06, 02:09 AM
28 August is going to be badass. Closest opposition in 73,000 years, or so I hear.

Dickenmeyer
2003-Jun-06, 04:06 AM
28 August is going to be badass. Closest opposition in 73,000 years, or so I hear.
Give or take 20,000. The apparent diameter of Mars will be about twice what it is right now when it reaches opposition. Approximately 24 arcseconds versus the current 12 or so. It will be within a few tenths of an arcsec of being as large as is possible to see from Earth.

cyswxman
2003-Jun-06, 04:09 AM
It ought to be spectacular. :P Earth will be about 6 weeks past apogee while Mars will be within a few days of perigee (I forget the exact dates for each) when opposition occurs. Be sure to look, you won't miss it.