Full Moon | Joined By Mars | 21 May 2016

The full moon rose a few hours after sunset last night. Full moon was officially at 4:14 pm CDT. Dark maria and bright craters contrasted. The large bright crater, Tycho, was prominent in the lower right. Rays streamed out indicating the force of that impact long ago.

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To the right of the Moon was Mars. The red planet is now at opposition. From our Earth vantage point, Mars and the Sun are seen in opposite directions in the sky. The telephoto on my camera is good. But, it is not good enough to bring out any surface details. Look for Mars low in the east at about 10 pm local time for the next week or so. It is the closest to Earth at this time and appears larger than at other times of the year.

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14 thoughts on “Full Moon | Joined By Mars | 21 May 2016

  1. I’m glad I saw this. I’m going to be in a location for a couple of evenings that may well allow for a good, light-polllution-free view of Mars. If the sky is clear, I’ll remember to look. Thanks for the nudge!

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  2. Hi Jim. Been overcast here. We are even getting some rain. Awesome shot of the moon. Is that with your new camera? Bob

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      • Wow! I’m trying to shoot all of my night sky photos in raw, because it allows me many more options white editing, and especially if I think I may be printing them. However I have to remind myself because I’m not a fan of the file size. I hope you had a good weekend.

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      • This is my first camera that will shoot raw. I studied comparison shots on the review sites for it. The big file sizes are a consideration. But, I don’t shoot everything that way. The camera has a memory where I save the settings for raw shots. Most of the time I’m happy with the auto setting.

        Gorgeous day again and the last 2. Rain the rest of the week.

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