The Unparalleled Beauty of the Night Sky ... Up Close
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Mars
9 days before opposition


Viewing at 100%
The north polar cap is tilted towards Earth and plainly visible, although it's late martian summer in the northern hemisphere and the cap is small. The bright spot right of center is Elysium, and the bright Hellas basin is rotating into view at lower left. Syrtis Major is the dark area to lower left.
Mars Details:
Night of:Sunday March 30, 2014
Site:Laguna Niguel
Local Time:1:01 AM | Mar 31, 2014
Altitude:48
Distance:59,441,421 miles
Magnitude:-1.31 mV
Diameter:14.65 arcsec
Tilt:+20.7 NP
CM:265
Phase Angle:7.47
Illumination:99.58%
Camera Settings:
Telescope:9.25-SCT
Camera:Celestron NexImage5
f/ratio:f/10
Pixel Scale:0.214 arcsec
Gain:4
Exposure:0.033 sec
Video Length:?
Frames:
Stacked:750
Shot:RGB adjusted on camera white balance vs. post-processing
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