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Anyone Observed/Photographed Mars Recently?  
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 878 times:

Hi

Am I right that the Earth has been relatively not too far from Mars recently? First I thought this very bright orangeish star might have been an airliner or something else but when I looked it up online it mentioned Mars (the nearest distance between the planets sometime end of October/beginning of November).

I'm no astronomer and haven't even managed to look through binoculars at it. I know I can just download photos of it off the internet but just wondering if anyone has their own telescope/what results or photos they might have got from observing it in the previous month.

Many thanks


P.

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User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 870 times:

unless you have a big telescope you can't see anything except a bigger red dot. It isn't as close as it was a year or so ago, but still pretty cool. Amazing how far away it is it though

User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 840 times:

It has been very close, I took some photos the other night I need to dig out. On full telephoto, 6MP blown up on the screen, you get a bright red circle with the moons orbiting it. On my photo you can see it's half light and half dark.

I'll post it tonight!

Cheers,
Noel.


User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 839 times:

Quoting Noelg (Reply 2):
I'll post it tonight!

Great, I look forward to see it!

Adam


User currently offlineFlySAA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 802 times:

One of the best close-up photo's ever taken of Mars - The Hubble Space Telescope, March 10th, 1997.



User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 799 times:

Yeah I have noticed how clear it appears in the sky lately... I used to be an astronomy geek when I was a kid. It might not be as close as it was a couple of months ago, but the magnitude is certainly brighter than it has ever been in a while. It looks very unique in the sky. Not quite like anything else that shines at night  Smile


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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 795 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 5):
Yeah I have noticed how clear it appears in the sky lately...

True, i believe that Mars will not be this close to the Earth until 2023 or something like that.

This Friday, at our local arena, local astronomers will be letting the general public view Mars thru their telescopes. I'll be taking my kids for this event.

The heaves are a wonderful thing.



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