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The Road to Mars

The Road to Mars

Thanks to NASA for featuring another one of my image as their (APOD) “Astronomy Picture of the Day”.

Sometimes you just need to follow “The Road to Mars”!

Capture last May in Moab, Utah. The Road to Mars was beautiful, The Bright Red Planet Mars, as seen at the end of a road in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

Captured while looking south at 4:36am on 05-16-2018 and you can see the Milky Way in the upper right with Saturn just below the Milky Way as well. I used Low level lighting for the road & road side scenery. The Faint Green Glow on the Horizon just below Mars is called Natural Air Glow, The Amber glow on the Horizon in the lower right is the Light Pollution glow from the town of Moab, Utah.

Sony A7SII with a Sony E-mount to Canon lens adapter & Canon 16-35mm Lens set to F3.2, ISO 12,800, for a 13 second exposure, camera on a tripod.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

Mars at Opposition 2016

Mars at Opposition 2016

Mars at Opposition for 2016!
The Planet Mars on 05-23-2016. I captured it near Midnight on 05-23-2016 from my backyard Observatory in Dayton. We had
slightly above average seeing.

Every 26 Months Mars gets close to Earth and provides Awesome views of its surface through small telescopes.
Mars Reached Opposition on Sunday May 22, 2016 at 07:10 EDT, or 11:10 UTC, and it will be at its largest (18.4”) across for this Opposition.

The View of Mars last night Centered around Elysium Planitia & Elysium Fosse, & Phlegra Dorsa region.
North a south polar caps & blue limb clouds are visible. Elysium Mons is a Massive Volcanoe on Mars, although not the Largest,
that title goes to Olympus Mons, but still impressive in size.

Look for the two little dark patches near the upper center of the globe,
Elysium Mons Volcano is the lighter beige Patch just below the longer dark patch on the left.

Elysium Mons is a volcano on Mars located in the volcanic province Elysium, at 25.02°N 147.21°E, in the Martian eastern hemisphere.
It stands about 13.9 km (46,000 ft) above the surrounding lava plains, and about 16 km (52,000 ft) above the Martian datum.
Its diameter is about 240 km (150 mi), with a summit caldera about 14 km (8.7 mi) across. It is flanked by the smaller volcanoes Hecates
Tholus to the northeast, and Albor Tholus to the southeast.

Elysium Mons was discovered in 1972 in images returned by the Mariner 9 orbiter.
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Mars

Martian Opposition 2016 is coming!

 

30 Days from Now Mars Reaches Opposition on Sunday May 22, 2016 at 07:10 EDT, or 11:10 UTC, and it will be at its largest (18.4”) across for this Opposition.

Here is my best Mars shot so far this opposition,

I captured it on the Early Morning of 04-18-2016 from my backyard Observatory in Dayton. We finally had above average seeing.

Every 26 Months Mars gets close to Earth and provides Awesome views of its surface through small telescopes.

This is why I love to view and image Mars, it is the only planet that you can see the surface details in a telescope.

All other planets you would be looking at cloud tops,
except Mercury, no clouds, but is a real challenge as it never gets far from the Sun or high enough above the horizon to get decent surface details from small telescopes on Earth.

At the top or North end you see a large darker area this is Utopia Planitia, and the Little dark island just south of it is Utopia Rupes.

Mars current Axis tilt in relationship to Earth is barely showing the Martian Northern Ice Cap as I little white spot at the top.

To the far right is a small patch of clouds over Elysium Mons, one of the Martian Volcanoes. Clouds tend to gather around these high volcanoes.

Near Center are Libya Montes & Nepenthes Mensea.

On the South end Syrtis Major Planum is clearly visible and as the largest dark feature on the bottom left.

Bottom middle & right are Tyrrhena Terra, & Hesperia Planum.

The Southern Pole & Ice cap at the bottom is shrouded in clouds as well.

Captured on 04-18-2016 @ 08:34 U.T. or 04:34am EST from my Backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio.
C8 (2000mm) Telescope & QHY5IIL CCD camera, 3x Barlow, 900 frames RGB, Stacked in Astrostackert, Registax6, Maxim DL, & Adobe CS2015.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

6 Planets Align & Moon

Everyone is talking about the 5 Planets Aligning in the Morning sky,
But I Captured 6 Planets!!! You have to count the Earth too! LOL!!! Earth provides us this perfect view of the Planets Aligning along the Ecliptic..
The Moon joined these Planets at Dawn last Saturday Morning 01-30-2016 at 6:13am E.S.T. from just outside of Warrenton, Virginia. I included the Earth #6 in this slightly cropped fish-eye Lens shot. Canon 6D DSLR & 8mm Fish-eye Lens, ISO 800, 8 second exposure. Just before the clouds started interfering…

I included an illustrated view to help you all ID them, as well as 3 of the brightest stars. you may also recognize the Constellations of Scorpius, Virgo, Libra, and Corvus are easily visible too. Mercury is a challenge as you have to catch it just before dawn gets too bright! You can see Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, & Jupiter with your eyes only, no telescope needed, just use my diagram to help you find them over the next week or so. Look between 6:00am and 6:45am.

Note: depending when you look the next 2 weeks, the moon will not be there or may not be in the same place, as it moves 12 degrees every day.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Mars & Antares, A Celestial Pairing in the Southwestern sky !

Mars & Antares, A Celestial Pairing in the Southwestern sky !

Go out and look to your Southwest at Dusk to see Planet Mars & Bright Red Giant Star Antares, aka Alpha Scorpio.  You need a low unobstructed view to see them.    They look very similar in color , a red orange. Mars is the one that is  higher in the sky.   They are only up for a short period of time, so go out after sunset, but before it gets dark,  Take a look all weekend between 8:30pm and 9:00pm E.S.T.  I captured this shot on 09-25-2014 above my Observatory Dome in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Canon 6D  DSLR & 75mm lens, F7.1, ISO 6400, 3.2 second exposure

Camera on a tripod.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

 

Triangle around the Moon on 05-12-2014!

There was a Triangle in the sky around the Moon last Night 05-12-2014 over my neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio!!!!

I used my Canon Rebel Xsi & 8mm fisheye lens to Capture this 8 second exposure, A Triangular pattern created by the Bright Star Arcturus(top) and the Planets Mars(right) & Saturn(left). The Moon & Spica are located at the base of the Triangle.  A Cool looking pattern last night around the Moon!! The Planet Mars was about 21 degrees to the right(West) of the Moon and Saturn was about 19 degrees to the left(East) of the Moon at around 10pm last night.

Keep watching as the Moon is always moving, and tonight 05-13-2014 the Moon will glide within 1 degree of Alpha Libra or Zuben El Genubi and by morning (5:00am)to within a few degrees of the Planet Saturn!

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

Mars getting closer to Earth!!!

Today Mars is at Opposition, closest to the Earth,  here is a shot I captured from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio on 04-06-2014.

This is my first Planet Mars shot of the season,…seeing was rather poor, but I did pick up some white puffy clouds over the Volcano regions Elysium Mons(left limb) and over Olympus Mons & Tharsis Mons region(right Limb). Arcadia Planitia & Amazonia Planitia are dead center between the clouds banks. I can also see the Martian North Polar Ice Cap split by Olympia Planitia…Just wish the seeing was better…will try again the next clear stable night!
DMK 21AF04 Fire-wire Camera, 5x Televue Barlow, 10″ Sct scope,
650 frames stacked RGB.

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com