Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Annual August Mars Email Hoax

It is that time of the year, i.e. August, and though I have not yet seen this email this year, I have seen it in the past. And you probably have seen it also.

But, the BBC website is anticipating the email and alerting folks that it is time for it to make its rounds again so we will not be duped into standing outside with the biting bugs looking at the sky hoping to see a reallllly big Mars.

They recently wrote: “Every August e-mails circulate which suggest we are about to have a close encounter with Mars. The e-mails are a hoax, but they say something about our fascination with the Red Planet. The e-mail seems to promise something truly remarkable. It often starts: "The Red Planet is about to be spectacular." It ends with the screaming caps: "NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN." The message tells of Mars being close to the earth on 27 August, close enough to be as big as the moon with the naked eye.”

Well, yes, this is a hoax. So, even though there are a lot of real events including eclipses and other amazing things happening in the sky these days, apparently Mars being the size of the moon is not one of them.

To read the rest of the article, HERE’S THE LINK