Photo: Astronomy Picture of the Day
If you've gotten an email telling you to go out and see Mars when it looks as big as the full moon on August 27th, it's a hoax. Mars will never look as big as the full moon as we see it from Earth. There's a great article in Earth Sky that discusses the hoax in detail.
The best way to see Mars and all the planets in their full glory is to contact your local astronomy club. They'll show you gorgeous views of the universe from a telescope that will blow your mind. Now that's something to email your friends about!
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