I took this image when conditions were not very good as the planet was still low in the eastern sky and cloud was starting to come over the sky, views should get a lot better in the coming months.
That is, if dust storms don’t cover the planet like they did in 2018!
Mars is exhibiting a gibbous phase because part of its disc is not being seen fully illuminated by the Sun as seen by us here on Earth. As Mars reaches opposition the Suns light will fully illuminate its surface, just like when we see a full moon in the sky. This will be the best time for observers to view and take images of this amazing red planet.
My image was taken on the 2nd July 2020 with a Meade LX200 GPS 10 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and ZWO 120 MC-S camera with 3x Barlow lens attached. An AVI movie with 900 frames was captured and stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS CS4.
Some website links below to follow these journeys to Mars in 2020:
NASA Perseverance Countdown to Launch website at:
Mars 2020 Mission Perseverance Rover
Emirates Mars Mission
China National Space Administration
~ New Mission to Mars in 2020 ~
~ Wow, this is truly amazing ~
NASA Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Animations
~ How NASA’s Rover Team Reimagined Mars 2020 ~