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Mars
2 days before opposition


Viewing at 100%
The North Polar Cap of Mars, visible here, is near minimum as it is late summer in the northern martian hemisphere. The bright dots on the right limb are clouds over Mars' largest volcano, Olympus Mons.
Mars Details:
Night of:Sunday April 6, 2014
Site:Laguna Niguel
Local Time:12:06 AM | Apr 7, 2014
Altitude:48
Distance:57,956,946 miles
Magnitude:-1.46 mV
Diameter:15.02 arcsec
Tilt:+21.5 NP
CM:190
Phase Angle:2.22
Illumination:99.96%
Camera Settings:
Telescope:9.25-SCT
Camera:Celestron NexImage5
f/ratio:f10
Pixel Scale:0.214 arcsec
Gain:4
Exposure:0.029 sec
Video Length:?
Frames:
Stacked:2000
Shot:RGB color balance was in the shot
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