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A Dark and Stormy Night

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#81294 by @ 31.10.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
A Dark and Stormy Night

Explanation: It was a dark and stormy night. But on 2003 August 29th the red planet Mars, near its closest approach to Earth in almost 60,000 years, shone brightly in the sky against a background of stars in the constellation Aquarius. In the foreground of this scary view, huge thunder clouds are lit by lightning strokes from within. Mars, of course, has nothing to do with storms on Earth, though both have the power to excite the imagination and wonder of Earthdwellers. Tonight, the night before Halloween, Mars will also pass close to the Earth, closer than it will come during the next thirteen years. And once again, the red planet Mars will look particularly bright, although much smaller and dimmer than the Moon and even Venus.

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#81295 by @ 31.10.2005 00:18 - nach oben -
Schöns Pic, dä fotograph het no Ahnig hä...