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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The red planet on April 7th, 2014

Image: Mars one day before its opposition 2014

This is Mars one day before its opposition on April 7th, 2014 at 21:26 GMT. This photo is a sum of 1900 stacked video frames taken at 4m focal length (f/30.8). It truly conveys the visual impression at 300x magnification.

SURFACE DETAILS:
Top: Olympia Planum is covered as always with snow.
Centre: Accidalia Planitia
Bottom left: Aurorae Planum
Bottom right: Meridiani Planum, where the rover Opportunity has landed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meridiani_Planum).

Video: Mars through the telescope


MARS
Brightness: -1,47mag
Distance from Earth: 0.62au
Angular size: 15"
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