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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Mar 09, 2014

Mars!

The best time to see Mars in two years is here. Check out these great telescopic images of the planet and its moons, taken last week.

Anthony Wesley in Australia captured this marvelous image of Mars on March 6, 2014.

Anthony Wesley in Australia captured this photo of Mars on March 6, 2014.

Anthony Wesley captured this glorious telescope image of the planet Mars on March 6. He wrote on his Facebook page:

Some good seeing this morning for the first time in many weeks…. I nearly missed it as the forecast was for cloud and rain, but at 3 a.m. it was clear although I could see lightning off in the distance…

North polar cap at top left, Syrtis Major to the lower left, cloud over the Elysium volcanoes at upper right, still bright blue cloud in Hellas at bottom. A faint band of equatorial cloud is also visible.

When to see Mars in 2014

A few days earlier, he got this awesome shot of Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Anthony Wesley also caught both of Mars' moons - brighter and closer Phobos and fainter, more distant Deimos - on March 2, 2014.

Anthony Wesley also caught both of Mars’ moons – brighter and closer Phobos and fainter, more distant Deimos – on March 2, 2014.

Of the image above, he wrote:

Third time lucky… got both Phobos and Deimos this time. Operating the GS3 camera in 12 bit mode gives me a little more headroom. Once again the diffraction from my 3 vane spider is prominent. 3 minutes @ 10fps, no filter (L channel). 16″ f/4 newtonian @ 6000mm focal length

Thank you, Anthony Wesley!

Mars has good years in our sky, and it has years in which you hardly notice it. 2014 is a good year! Look for Mars tonight. Here’s how.

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