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08/25/05 Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
08/03/03 Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
05/15/03 Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
11/07/05 Douglas Matthews/Flynn Haase/NOAO/AURA/NSF
What planet has captured the public's imagination more than Mars? Potential life (aliens of greenish colors?), rovers and wrecks, even past wetlands are all subjects of conversation concerning Mars. These images show some features of our nearby neighbor. Mars is a little more than 1/2 the size of the Earth (and twice that of the our Moon).


20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/16.8
(2in AP 2x Barlow)
Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel
Philips ToUcam Pro II webcam (bottom animation)

R G B color production was used to create this image.

Red = 3.3 seconds binned 1x1
Green = 3.3 seconds binned 1x1
Blue = 6.6 seconds binned 1x1

  • Each subexposure was R= 0.11s , G=0.11s, and B=0.22s .
  • Unsharp mask was applied to the final color image.
  • The bottom image is a resampled version of the top image.
  • Minimum credit line: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 08/26/2005