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August 4, 2003
On August 27 at 5:51 a.m. EDT, Mars will be closer to Earth than in 60,000 years. It will also be retrograde (until September 27), conjunct Uranus, and opposite the Sun, Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon. Shining brighter than Jupiter, it causes me to wonder if the Star of Bethlehem was a similar phenomenon. I'll be camping with the grandchildren on Labor Day weekend at a place called Duck Creek where the view of Mars will be spectacular under the dark sky of Utah. With luck, the only aggression we'll suffer from the fiery God-of-War is an old-fashioned pillow fight.