May 22, 2009
"The Red Planet is about to be spectacular."
"Earth is catching up with Mars [for] the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history."
"On August 27th … Mars will look as large as the full moon."
And finally, "NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN."
My sister got duped. Her former boss, who happens to be an elementary school principal, forwarded this to her. Before checking the facts she forwarded it on to our mutual friends that just happen to be astronomy geeks. After doing a little research she found out that it's an internet hoax. Mars will most definitely not be as big as the full moon. (What I wouldn't give to see that though.) The closest Mars will be to Earth is on October 30th of this year. It will look like a bright red star.
Tonight is bar night and I certainly hope that Mr. & Mrs. Copernicus give her a ration of shit. Hahahaha. Aren't older sisters mean?