Mars 2020

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Stepping outside and feeling the cold air, I immediately saw a meteor heading south between Mars and Antares. I had decent seeing and excellent transparency while imaging the red planet.

Notes:

  • The South Polar Cap is emerging from winter. It will shrink significantly as Mars approaches opposition.

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Stepping outside and feeling the cold air, I immediately saw a meteor heading south between Mars and Antares. I had decent seeing and excellent transparency while imaging the red planet.

Notes:

  • Orographic clouds are covering Olympus Mons and Pavonis Mons.
  • The South Polar Cap is emerging from winter. It will shrink significantly as Mars approaches opposition.

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Stepping outside and feeling the cold air, I immediately saw a meteor heading south between Mars and Antares. I had decent seeing and excellent transparency while imaging the red planet.

Notes:

  • Orographic clouds are covering Olympus Mons and Pavonis Mons.
  • The South Polar Cap is emerging from winter. It will shrink significantly as Mars approaches opposition.

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Started the day with the scariest event I've ever experienced: waking up to an alarm. I had the phone set to full volume and laying next to my ear. My heart was still racing at the end of the imaging session, making it slightly difficult to precisely focus the telescope.

Notes:

  • Syrtis Major, which is setting, has a water-ice cloud over it.
  • Sinus Sabeaus is at the central meridian.

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Started the day with the scariest event I've ever experienced: waking up to an alarm. I had the phone set to full volume and laying next to my ear. My heart was still racing at the end of the imaging session, making it slightly difficult to precisely focus the telescope.

Notes:

  • Syrtis Major is setting.
  • Sinus Sabeaus is at the central meridian.

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Started the day with the scariest event I've ever experienced: waking up to an alarm. I had the phone set to full volume and laying next to my ear. My heart was still racing at the end of the imaging session, making it slightly difficult to precisely focus the telescope.

Notes:

  • Syrtis Major is setting.
  • Sinus Sabeaus is at the central meridian.

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I left my telescope out all night after imaging Venus with the hopes of imaging Mars. To my surprise, everything was covered in slushy dew when I came back. The sky was also full of thin clouds.

Viewing the red channel by itself helps brings out surface features, while the blue channel brings out the ice clouds.

Notes:

  • There appears to be an ice cloud near the terminator, the line between day and night.
  • I suspect the South Polar Hood is visible in the blue channel
  • Mare Sirenum is visible as a dark area straddling the southern limb of Mars.

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