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The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot at the beginning of August and will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m.
Wouldn't it be nice if we cound move it a wee bit closer to our planet somehow. That would make it a bit warmer right off the bat.
If we possessed the level of technology to move a planet, we wouldn't need to use it to move a planet.
Tezcatlipoca Wrote:If we possessed the level of technology to move a planet, we wouldn't need to use it to move a planet.

That would be correct Tez. If I am correct, with the three classes of civilizations, a Level I is where it is able to change and influence the condition of it's home planet. In a Class II, the civilization is able to alter and make changes to other celestial environments. In a Class III civilization, it is able to make complete changes and alter the environment of the entire space in which they libe.

As an example, a I is able to colonize space , a II can terraform Mars, and a III can move mars, and create such things as a Ringworld as in the Niven series.