This week for Torontoist I put together a quick article on how the University of Toronto Libraries Department fell for the infamous August Mars hoax. Every summer emails start to circulate with the false claim that come August 27, Mars will appear as large as the full moon in the night sky. The hoax dates back to August 27, 2003, when Mars came the closest its been to the Earth in fifty thousand years (but still nowhere near the size of the moon in the night sky).
You read more about the hoax here. Honestly, the hoax itself is far more interesting than the UofT connection.
Image by Gary Spiers.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
By Stephen M.