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Saturday, May 24, 2008


Mars glows in the heart of the Beehive

Mars was brilliant in the heart of the Beehive last night. Some friends were over and I showed it to them in binoculars. They were suitably impressed. MiddleOne had a go too. He found it hard to hold the binoculars, but eventually saw the Beehive.

My attempt to photograph the event was not so successful. I left it too late (too busy enjoying it with friends), and Mars was too low and the background sky brightness was too high to get the fainter stars ... but I got Mars.

Tonight I'll try again earlier, juts after astronomical twilight when everthing is higher in the sky.

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