Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feb 28, 2011: Two Moons? Really?

Received this ad from Earth Online Locations in my email today:

On February 28, 2011 there Will Be A Planetary Event That Will NOT Occur Again In Our Lifetimes. Mars will pull closely into our orbit and our sky will appear to have two moons.

This is worth fact-checking. The majority of searchers fail to check facts. In most cases it's a very simple second search: you find some information and want to check it out. You already have the keywords you need to check, so coming up with a query isn't a problem. NOT doing it is the problem.

I queried this using Google: february 28, 2011 mars orbit 

The closest result is about venus' orbit. Nothing in the first page of results even close to this claim.

I was pretty sure something must have been written about this phenomenon, so tried a couple of query variations:

february 28, 2011 mars earth orbit  (still nothing relevant to the claim)
february 28, 2011 mars orbit two moons  Aha! the following return is close:

This one refutes a similar claim made about August 27, 2010.

Elapsed time: less than two minutes.

Money saved:  $25-$50 

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