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Mars
First Images for 2016 Mars Opposition
87 days before opposition


Viewing at 100%
Although the north pole is slightly tilted towards Earth, the North Polar Cap is at minimum since it's late summer for Mars' northern hemisphere. The bright spot in the middle of the disk is Elysium, and the bright spot at lower left is Hellas Basin.
Mars Details:
Night of:Wednesday March 16, 2016
Site:Laguna Niguel
Local Time:3:42 AM | Mar 17, 2016
Altitude:33
Distance:85,718,750 miles
Magnitude:-0.12 mV
Diameter:10.16 arcsec
Tilt:+0.00 NP
CM:215
Phase Angle:34.82
Illumination:91.05%
ipx:1,612 ipx2
Camera Settings:
Telescope:9.25-SCT
Camera:Celestron NexImage5
f/ratio:f10
Pixel Scale:0.214 arcsec
Gain:8
Exposure:0.033 sec
Video Length:?
Frames:
Stacked:1000
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