Mars and moon myth tonight: The August email hoax that claims the fourth planet from the sun and the Earth's moon will align and appears the same size in the night sky, is alive and well. However, the Mars moon email has little bang for the buck.
On August 27, WRCBTV wrote the post: "Will Mars look as big as the moon? Sorry, that's just a Facebook hoax," to address the annual folklore that still has some space enthusiasts duped.
As Universe Today explains, the Mars and moon email hoax in August began a decade ago, long before spam had reared its ugly face. Back then, coworkers sent notices out to family and friends warning them not to miss a rare moment in the night sky.
Scientists suggest an event called "opposition" has something to do with the tales floating around for ten years. Essentially, this takes place when a planet or body in an orbit outside of the Earth's lines up with it on the opposite side of the sun.
In this case, Mars rises as the sun sets and appears the same size of the blue planet's full moon. While the process takes place every 2.13 Earth years, the two bodies are far from being close in size ( pictured here). In fact, the red planet at this time is over 50 million miles away. On the other hand, the moon is 245,000 miles from Earth.
Just like UFO sightings and the zombie apocalypse, the Mars and Moon meme is merely a hoax.