Apparently, an email is making the rounds that some kind of orgasmically intense astrological event is going to occur tonight, making it look like two moons are in the sky rather than just one.
The email claims that Mars is going to look much larger than usual and, in all caps, that”NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN.” It sounds like it would be quite cool, but unfortunately, space experts NASA and internet lore experts Snopes have both debunked the rumor, with NASA adding wet-blanketishly that “come Aug. 27, Mars will be ‘314 million km from Earth, about as far away as it can get.'”
CBS explains the rumor’s origins:
As with so many pop culture bromides, there’s a grain of truth to this one. In 2003, Mars actually did swell to unusual proportions and on August 27th of that year, the Red Planet came within 56 million kilometers of Earth. That was nearest it has been in 60,000 years. That’s when the emails began – and they show no sign of stopping this year. Get your delete key ready, just in case.
Sorry to disappoint- it’s a one moon night tonight, just like any other.