Martians are Coming

Our Saratoga Springs, New York Arms Fair has become so popular that they come from all across the nation to be here.  But recently we've found that our door prize coupons have showed us that we have visitors from many other nations also coming to view the fine displays of antique and collector and investment firearms and vintage militaria.  But now, the vast network of Scientists who work for us in trying to discover new people to attract have made an astounding discovery.  It seems that the planet Mars will be hovering at its closest point to earth in over 60,000 years on the dates of our Show this August 26, 27 and 28.  And whatever inhabitants of the Red Planet are there are obviously wanting to get a better look at our Saratoga Arms Fair and of what all the fuss is about.  We believe that we are the first Gun Show Promoters to be attracting such a response from interstellar visitors.  NEACA, First in Performance ... Again!  Read their report:

The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.  The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.   Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky.  It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification.  Obviously this will also afford a fantastic view for any Martians of the great amount of activity around the Saratoga Arms Fair at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.  Mars will be easy to spot.  At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m.  That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history..  So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.  Finally reaching its' intended assent over Saratoga Springs on the 27th.  Dave Petronis, President of NEACA Show Promotions is feverishly trying to figure out how to create some sort of interplanetary ticket booth to take full advantage of this First in History visit from Martians.

Thank You Scientists and Astronomers Alike.  We couldn't do it without you.

Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

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The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification.

Mars_2_  Mars_Moon_

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot.
At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m.
and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.

Share this with your children and grandchildren.

NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN

Courtesy of; Samuel Aikin, PMP®, ISV & Developer Relations Technology Manager
770-858-7803 or 8/648, Fax: 7945
1500 Riveredge, Atlanta, GA.30328 ~
saikin@us.ibm.com


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