All you have to do is think and the Mars Hoax quickly becomes one of the most foolish things you've ever heard. For Mars to appear that large wouldn't it have to get substantially CLOSER to earth?
The closest distance from Mars to Earth could be as little as 36 million miles or as great as 250 million miles. In 2005 it was at one point it was 43 million miles away which would make it brighter than most stars in the sky. It would glow and flicker orange easily identifiable in the night sky. Venus gets brightest though usually in late June I think for the Northern Hemisphere.
If Mars ever appeared nearly as large as the moon it would have to be within a million miles of the earth. This would greatly effect our tides and gravitational pull possibly causing a major imbalance in our gravitational and centripetal forces. For Mars to even appear twice as large as it usually does it would have to be 20 million miles away which would still defy it's fixed orbital rotation around the sun. Planets do rotate in a oval pattern and at different times of different years they can be closer or further away from each other. But they would NEVER get as close as this. This is a 30 million mile exaggeration that is just stupid.
I wonder how it's possible for people to fall for this Mars Hoax, I have no idea how it became so widespread, are people really that dumb? Or do most people just know nothing of Astronomy?
I'm almost embarrassed of the average Americans knowledge of Astronomy and Geography. These two subjects are not emphasized in schools nearly enough.
(Yes I looked up the distance mile numbers but 95% of this post is original