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Two Moons On August 27 - The Latest 'Old' Hoax!

Updated on August 10, 2012

Two Moons on August

Earlier, I received one from that never ending stream of forwarded emails. An unsuspecting friend sent it to me, expecting me to forward it to the people I know. Unfortunately, that thread stopped with me as I was aware of the facts. I am sure at least some you must have received the same or similar mail at some point of time. For the uninitiated it goes like this.......

"[Don't miss it out...

This phenomena is not worth missing.Put this in your remember memo

Dear All,

Don't miss to see - TWO MOON ON 27 AUGUST*

*27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for.............*

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.

It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again]"

The Two Moon Hoax
The Two Moon Hoax

Hmmm.. Sounds interesting and makes you want to keep it in your reminder, as the mail claims that NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again!

I am sure a lot of people all over the world waited anxiously for this to happen on August 27, 2007, expecting to see this miracle.

Well, perhaps they should have read this first. People saw it first in July 2003, and then again in 2005 and 2006 and now we are seeing it again this year, and I believe we will keep seeing it for a few years more! I mean The Mail. Not the 'phenomena'.

One Moon is not enough?
One Moon is not enough?

Two Moons

In July 2003, the title of the mail was "Mars Spectacular" or "Close Encounter". Indeed, Mars really did come very close to earth on August 27, 2003, within 56 million Kilometers, making it appear 6 times larger and 85 times brighter than it usually does, in its closest approach to earth in nearly 60,000 years. It is a fact that every 2 years Mars come a little closer to earth, but nothing 'as spectacular' as in 2003 is going to happen again this year. But these chain letters surface every year predicting the same thing, although this year's mail had a common head "Two Moons On August 27".

It is a little ironic that people on some parts of the world will not even see a single moon on that day! A total lunar eclipse is will be occurring on some parts of the world on that day. But this year also Mars will come a little close to earth but it will still be only around 85 million Kilometers and it will not be anything near the 'Mars spectacular' that happened in 2003.

So people, please stop forwarding this chain letter. Considerable amount of time, energy, money and resources are wasted everyday by people forwarding seemingly useful but false information.

Footage of the two moons in the night sky on august 27 - they are the moon and mars

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