Beware of Mars hoax

Beware of Mars hoax

The hoax always makes an appearance at this time of year and states that Mars will appear as large as the full moon in our night sky.

It all started on August 27, 2003. Earth and Mars were the closest in orbit they had been for 60,000 years.

Mars was only 56 million kilometres away from Earth. The farthest away Mars can be from Earth is about 400million kilometres.

At the time, an email that included some missing facts and misunderstandings was sent far and wide. The hoax was born.

Mars is definitely star-sized and it’s easy to make sure by taking a look for yourself. It’s easily visible with the naked eye and you won’t need a telescope.

Rug up and head outside about 6.30pm. Tonight, Mars is very high in the north sky; almost directly up. It looks like a reddish-coloured star.

Come and see Mars with ‘Galaxy Girl’ from Stargazers Club during National Science Week 2014.

‘Galaxy Girl’ will be at the Perth Science Festival on Saturday, August 16.

It’s a fun day out for families and entry is free.

For Perth Science Festival news and details, visit www.star gazersclubwa.com.au.