Mars, The God of War!

I am rather strange when it comes to astronomy. I really have this deep love for stuff that has little affect to me personally. It is simply the largest collection of trivia you could possibly imagine. How does the knowledge that the sun will blast away our atmosphere in a few billion years help me choose to use white or wheat bread for my sandwich? It doesn't, but I love to have a little trivia in my life.

So, you can imagine how I could not stay away from finding out more about Mars and it's perihelic opposition to the Earth. We have one coming up soon. On 27 January 2010 Mars will come within 61.719 million miles to Spanish Fork, Utah. Look out, we're doomed!

Actually, this happens every 26 months. Back in August of 2003 it actually came pretty close - a mere 34.643 million miles to Spanish Fork. That's practically next door to us! OK, maybe not, but it was still really close, and we won't see the same proximity until August 2050. I suspect I won't care much at that time. ;-)

Initially I used Starry Night to find all the close dates and times, that is until I found a couple of really good websites giving the same information:

Seems I'm not the only one obsessed with astronomical trivia.

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