Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Red Planet Mars
Image Credit & Copyright: Luc Debeck

Explanation: Mars looks pretty sharp in this backyard telescope image captured on July 23 from Hoegaarden, Belgium, planet Earth. The Red Planet’s bright south polar cap is bathed in sunlight at the top of the inverted view, while the dark feature known as Syrtis Major extends toward the right (eastern) edge. Rising around midnight for now, the Red Planet is months away from its own opposition in early October. Telescopic views will improve even more as Earth, in its faster orbit, catches up to Mars, the ruddy disk growing larger and brighter still. The martian Jezero Crater is within the Syrtis Major region. That’s the landing site for NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover Perseverance, scheduled for launch today.

Tomorrow’s picture: more pixels in space

One thought on “Astronomy Picture of the Day

  1. Hi Sheila… it’s me, Jessica. I made it out of the hospital alive and thought of you. No Covid… just a really bad case of Community Acquired Pneumonia. I just got out of there a couple of days ago and wanted to let you know that I am okay. I missed you. Love you, Jessica

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