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Full moon; Mars perihelion opposition

Over Atlanta, Georgia.

28 July 2018 (at 1 am).


▶ Mars alone (not cropped): here.



▶ It was a Full Buck Moon, but not a "blood moon": the total lunar eclipse was not visible here in the Northern Hemisphere.


▶ Look to the lower right of the moon. That's Mars, at its perihelion opposition —that is, completely on the opposite side of the Sun in the sky— lit up bright and reddish orange.


▶ Mars' actual perihelion —its closest approach to the Earth— won't occur until Tuesday, 31 July 2018, when Mars will be 'only' 35,784,481 miles away, its closest embrace of us since 2003. (Contrast that to its average distance of 140 million miles.)



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▶ Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.

---> Lens: Canon 100mm ƒ/2.8 FD

---> Focal length: 200 mm (full frame equivalent)

---> Aperture: ƒ/22

---> Shutter speed: 1/5

---> ISO: 200

---> no flash

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Taken on July 28, 2018