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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

 

Saturn Mars and the Beehive from STEREO

While we are waiting for Mars to transit the Beehive cluster, there is another transit of the Beehive we can watch. From the point of view of the STEREO H2 camera, Saturn Mars passed in from of the Beehive last week. The image to the left shows Saturn Mars in the Beehive, and the animation below shows Saturn Mars transiting the Beehive.

UPDATE: Comet Al points out that this is Mars, not Saturn. Man, I really have to double check object locations in the STEREO field. Especially after I embarrassingly misidentified Boattini as McNaught on the Comet-ml list (sigh).

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