August: Return of the Mars hoax.posted Friday July 23, 2010
It happens every August. Lots of people call the planetarium asking about this scary e-mail they received that says Mars will look as big as the Moon in the night sky.
FOLKS, IT'S A HOAX. More accurately, it's really bad misinformation.
Delete the e-mail NOW. Check the facts (and the history) in this explanation from the astronomy experts at Sky & Telescope. And save that link for next August -- chances are, you'll need it again.