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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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The Earth Encounters Mars in August

The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide at a modest 75-power magnification.

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month. Share this with your children and grandchildren.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Release Date: 22 July 2010
Language: English
Genre: Adventure
Running Time: 1 hour 54 minutes
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Alfred Molina, Jay Baruchel, Monica Bellucci, Nicolas Cage.

Synopsis: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" reteams the creative troika Jerry Bruckheimer, director Jon Turteltaub and Oscar winner Nicolas Cage in a tale of a powerful sorcerer living in present day New York City who must find and train his next successor. The next in line turns out to be a mild mannered 20-year old boy, who has no idea that he is a descendant of Merlin, or that his true destiny is to save the world.

(Source: Cinema Online)

Personal Comments: Nice movie and much recommended. Thumbs Up Up!!

The Fantastic Water Babes 出水芙蓉 trailer 預告 (2010)

Release Date: 15 July 2010
Language: Cantonese
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes
Director: Jeff Lau
Cast: Gillian Chung, Alex Fong, Stephen Fung.

Synopsis: After a painful break-up, a teenage girl tries to drown herself only to encounter a water deity. Determined to win back her boyfriend, she becomes obsessed with beating her romantic rival in a swim competition. She goes as far as kidnapping a swim champion who unexpectedly becomes more than just her coach. Will the water deity guide her towards true love?

(Source: Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn. Bhd.)

Personal Comments: This movie is funny and is more on the teenager's love story


Release Date: 22 July 2010
Language: Cantonese
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Director: Chan Hing Kai
Cast: Benz Hui, Chapman To, Fiona Sit, Tien You Chui, Wong Cho-lam.

Synopsis: A professional hit man (Chapman To) from China literally falls into the lap of a hapless nerdy screenwriter (Wong Cho Lam) and the two get close. The nerd welcomes his new friend and tells him his sad story involving a beautiful woman, naturally. She loves him but often throws tantrums and beats him up. From directors Chan Hing Kai and Janet Chun comes a comedy about one of humankind's oddest and silliest fantasies: love conquers all, complete with a devilish twist.

(Source: Cinema Online)

Personal Comments: Ok. Is a movie which you will have a good laugh all the way.


Release Date: 29 July 2010
Language: English
Running Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Synopsis: Evelyn A. Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a CIA officer that is identified by a defector as a Russian sleeper spy and is accused of plotting the assassination of the visiting Russian President. Her CIA superiors are quickly convinced that she is involved in an international conspiracy and make her the target of an intense hunt. Evelyn risks her own life and that of her husband to prove that someone else is the traitor.

Personal Comments: Nice movie and is indeed a great one to watch. Exciting one .. :P