Will Mars be close in August 2006? Earth & Sky

It’s happening again.
For the third time in three years, people are writing to us, amazed and confused about a new email in their inboxes announcing, among other things, that Mars will be closer than ever in recorded history in August 2006.
What’s more, the email says, “Mars will look as large as the full moon to the unaided eye.”
But, although it contains a grain of truth, this email is a hoax.
Mars will NOT be particularly close to Earth in August 2006.