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mars and the brightest full moon 2010 observe athens

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mars shows up on black

 

i arrived home tenthirtyish and looked up at the moon -- i saw a reddish-orange star next to it and wondered if mars was so close to the moon, as i'd been aware that the red planet is exceptionally close to the earth these days.

 

neil degrasse tyson's tweet clinched it -- the moon and mars were, indeed, close, and both exactly opposite the sun, so very, very full. i got out my little white, set the tripod on the balcony, connected the camera to the computer, launched EOS utility and shot a few.

 

i tried a long exposure and got quite a cool effect and a lovely halo on the moving clouds. fast shutter speeds intensified the clouds' haunting shapes and framed the moon nicely.

 

i had to take two separate exposures for this shot as the full moon is an unusually bright object -- so the slow image got the clouds and mars, the fast one, the face of our satellite.

 

later, the sky cleared up and i got a minimalist image of the pair.

 

i stayed up till moonset and slept all morning today.

 

btw, have you seen the xkcd webcomic about rover? so sad... rover did a very good job. i hope we recover it someday.

   

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Taken on January 30, 2010