You say Mars will be as big as the full moon—what a sight on Aug. 27. Everyone run outside, gaze upward and then yell, “April fools.”
Just like Christmas cards in December, in July false e-mails about Mars arrive in our inbox to tell us all about this once in-a-lifetime event.
It has happened every year since August 2003. When Mars was close to us, it was still only a bright spot in the sky, not the size of the full moon. The quote from NASA was: “If you use a good backyard telescope, Mars would appear to be the same as the full moon.”