Mars Will Be As Big As The Moon? Sorry, It’s A Hoax
You may have seen breathless posts on Facebook recently, excitedly saying that next week a rare event would happen and be visible from right here in Ocean County - "there will appear to be two moons in the sky!" with Mars at a never before experienced closeness to Earth.
There's one big problem with the story - it's totally false.
First of all, it's literally just not possible.
If Mars appeared to be as big as the moon, we'd have reason to worry, because somebody's orbit would be seriously out of whack.
But don't let the fake news take away from the rare celestial events that are going on right now.
Mars is indeed very bright right now, it is indeed very close in the sky to the moon, and it's hard to miss with its signature rusty color:
So, no, there won't be a "double moon", it isn't a first-ever event (Mars was this close in 2003 and will be again in 2033), and there is no imminent planetary apocalypse.
But, again, don't let that stop you from looking up!
The summer night sky here in Ocean County is putting on a heck of a show right now!
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