|Mars rises over Wahweap Marina near Page, Arizona on July 20, 2003. Compare the brightness of Mars to the Navajo coal power generating station nearly 10 miles away and the Marina about one block away. Mars looks like a distant high pressure sodium vapor street lamp. Kodak 290 digital photography by Gary A. Becker...|
|Our third floor room at Oceanside Meadows Inn near Corea, Maine provided an excellent vantage point for my wife and I to view Mars. Kodak 290 digital photography by Gary A. Becker...|
Above: Mars is visible from Sand Cove at Oceanside Meadows Inn near Corea, Maine shortly after midnight on Thursday, August 14th. The moon, to the left of Mars, was nearly full.
Below: Mars is framed between the branches of a giant elm tree that was probably growing when the Captain's House at Oceanside Meadows Inn was built in 1843. Kodak 290 digital photography by Gary A. Becker...
|Mars dominates the late August sky after 10 p.m. On the morning of August 27 between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. EDT Mars may be closer to the Earth than at anytime in the last 10,000-70,000 years. On August 27 you should be able to view Mars low in the WSW as late as 5:15 a.m. from the East Coast.|
|This is what it actually looked like about five hours before closest approach. Compare this digital image taken with an Olympus E20N camera to the star map that can be found above. Mars appears white because it is overexposed. The picture was also color corrected during the one-minute exposure to take away the orangey sky background caused by high-pressure sodium vapor streetlights. Gary A. Becker photography...|
|The Martians Have Arrived: From left to right are Dieruff students Emily Plessl, Sarabeth Brockley, Abdiel Cancel (class of 2003), Chris Fernandes, and Gary A. Becker, ASD Planetarium director, who are ready to help make your Mars Watch truly memorable. G. A. Becker digital photo...|