Saw on the news this morning, where Mars is in opposition tonight.
What’s that mean? Basically, they said that Earth is right between Mars and the Sun. Makes Mars as close to Earth as it’s going to get until 2035.
The news also reported that if you had a telescope, you’d perhaps be able to see the surface area of the planet.
Sadly, a bit too much light pollution and no telescope here. However, that didn’t stop me from trying to grab a few photos of the red planet. Fairly easy to spot as a red star in the east.
Put the old bridge camera (the one with the highest zoom) on the “moon” setting to see what I could manage.
Probably needed a tripod for true success. And a darker area. Plus, a less interested feline assistant. Or the husband not to accidentally set off the garage door motion light. Despite all that commotion, I did manage a few shots.
Thought the results while not wonderful were kind of interesting.
Lacking the tripod, I found it difficult to hold the camera steady. (Usually, I rest my elbow on my car in the driveway but my oldest borrowed it so no elbow rest for me). The unsteady image created the interesting heart shapes in the first and third photos.
Good night, Mars.
Are you a star (planet) gazer as well?