Over a decade ago, someone decided to mention that since Mars was going to be at its closest to Earth, it would be as bright as the Moon. Or something along that line. Oooops. That information got twisted and thus this crazy bit of erroneous ‘news’ circulates every two years. Here’s a link to a website reviewing these silly bits – Urban Legends Mars Hoax
I always appreciate the creativity of the graphics people, making these images. Just wish they’d put a wink or some j/k hint on the photo. If it generates someone to study more astronomy or other scientific field, great, that serves a purpose. Otherwise, stop the hoax circulation, people. Peace to all of us.