August 13, 2003
There is, every once in a while, an event that cannot go without comment. Such is our late August relationship with The Red Planet.
Our relationship with Mars has always been close, celestially speaking. But what is noteworthy is the fact that by the end of this month, our relationship with Mars will be closer than it has been in 77,000 years! Yes, Mars will be within 34,646,488 miles of Earth on August 27th, 2003. Now this may not seem significant but the last time (about 77,000 years ago) man viewed Mars at that distance a natural world altering event occurred on Earth… the eruption of the Toba Volcano in Indonesia. That volcano was one of the largest the world has ever endured. It probably resulted in a 6 year “volcanic winter” in which much of the world’s vegetation died and the population of our early ancestors was reduced to just a few thousand inhabitants.
I’m not sure what all this means but maybe now is the time to buy that cabin at the lake.