As darkness falls, the Red Planet rises in the east. But tonight it appears different—noticeably different—strangely luminescent and intense. Even to the naked eye the night sky reveals something that has not been seen since well before the dawn of recorded history. Its celestial journey has brought Mars closer to the Earth than it has been in the last 60,000 years.
Normally, as Earth and Mars orbit the sun, Earth overtakes Mars every two years and two months bringing both planets closer together than at any other time in this cycle. But because gravity actually bends space/time, the orbit of planets is not circular; it is elliptical. Consequently, all close approaches of Mars are not of equal distance. On August 27th at 2:51 AM Pacific Daylight Savings Time, the Earth swept past Mars at its nearest point since 57,617 BC. The two planets will not pass this close again until 2287.
Astronomers have long anticipated this once-in-a-lifetime astrological event, following it with extreme interest. All across the globe scientists are watching. What time-guarded secrets will the enigmatic 4th planet share with its closest relative?
Although trying not to alarm the inhabitants of Earth, startling revelations are already beginning to emerge. The scientific community was completely astounded to learn that the legendary Red Planet is not actually red at all, for as it drew near it became undeniably obvious, even to the untrained observer, that Mars glows with a distinctly amber hue. The hypotheses flew and questions were raised: How could this be, it has always been red?
Training the most powerful telescopes in the world upon it reveal even more untold information. It seems the periphery of the planet’s surface radiates with a slightly darker cast than its highlighted center, making the actual shade of the orbiting sphere Amber Burst. Researchers were at a complete loss to explain this and turned to the Hubble Telescope for an even more detailed evaluation of its surface characteristics. As they peeked through the darkness of space, the story told by this extremely sophisticated instrument only renewed the age-old debate as to whether life on Mars actually does exist.
Were their eyes playing tricks on them? It appeared to be an image looking rather like a beautiful, sleek and flowing Amber Burst acoustic guitar, radiating sunlight from its highly reflective figured maple surface.
A call went out to the experts at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, home of the world’s most sensitive radio telescope, for confirmation. Realigning the highly sensitive audio instruments to scan that region of the sky only confirmed what astronomers had already surmised. Blasting through the Solar System was gorgeous, full-bodied, plugged-in acoustic guitar tones only dreamed of here on Earth. The volume and the overall robust nature of these sweet celestial sounds were such that astroaudiophysicists around the world unanimously agreed: This could only be the work of the first Transparent Amber Burst, Tom Anderson Guitarworks, Crowdster Acoustic.
• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic
• FINISH: – Transparent Amber Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.73-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKUP: – Anderson EQed LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Elixir Acoustic Guitar
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Garrett Park Guitars/Annapolis, Maryland