Step outside tonight and be dazzled: the planet Mars will be as large as the moon in the night sky!
It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Don't believe it.
It's just not true.
But for the seventh consecutive year, the "Mars Hoax" is making the rounds on the Internet, spreading like some sort of malicious virus that infects everyone in your address book.
Here are the facts:
Mars right now is about 314 million kilometers from Earth, or just about as far away from us as the planet can get. Just after sunset tonight, Mars will rise in the western sky and look pretty much like an ordinary star that just happens to have a red tinge to it.