Tell the kids, it will be interesting for them to see!
Be sure to watch the sky at 12:30 a.m. Aug. 27. It will look like the Earth has two moons, as the planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky it has ever been in human history. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye, as Mars comes within 34.65 million miles of Earth. The whole world is waiting to see this happen.
Around this time, with the Red Planet so close, scientists expect its gravitational pull will began wreaking havoc with the Earth, leading to abnormally high tides and unusual levels of stress on the Earth's tectonic plates. As earthquakes ravage the surface of the planet, leveling one great city after another, the ensuing stress on global infrastructure will lead to widespread panic as industry collapses, economies falter and famine sets in.
While many scientists are unsure what has triggered Mars' decision to abandon its accustomed orbit in such a reckless manner, a spokesman for the International Astronomers' Union believes it may be a retaliatory strike on behalf of Pluto.
"We understand that Pluto is very upset by efforts to have it reinstated as a planet," said Heironymus Bosch of the IAU. "Pluto fully supported the recent 'dwarf planet' designation, which relieved it of planetary responsibilities it didn't feel particularly ready for, such as hosting as the Solar System Charity Gala. But when it heard that some irresponsible people want to weigh it down with that mantle again, it got so upset it nearly attacked Neptune."
The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
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