Mars right beside Kaus Borealis right now

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Mars right beside Kaus Borealis right now

Post by Pete Raine » October 6th, 2016, 7:58 pm

With a 27 percent waxing crescent moon too...

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Re: Mars right beside Kaus Borealis right now

Post by darmstrong » October 7th, 2016, 12:10 am

It's interesting how Mars, now moving east again, lingers in the S-SW at dusk (you'll notice it because it shines with a steady orange light, despite its low altitude). In fact, it was very clear last night, and I saw quite a few bright stars in close proximity to it through my telescope. Although it is small, at 8.5 arc seconds in size, I also saw various features on the planet. Right at dusk, when the seeing is best, the ten-inch (423x, 363x, and 254x) revealed the south polar cap and a distinct dark area that appeared to be Syrtis Major. For those who are interested in monitoring the progression of Mar's features, keep your eye on the Japan ALPO site:

http://alpo-j.asahikawa-med.ac.jp/Latest/Mars.htm

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