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Monday, October 16, 2006


Mars Venus and Spica

Image Credit NASA/SOHO (labels added by me, click to enlarge)

Mars, Venus and Spica all near the Sun as seen by the SOHO Lasco C3 camera. Mars will be at its closest on the 23rd, but will probaly disappear behind the occulting disk before then. The line up of Moon, Mars and Venus on the 22nd probably won't work if Mars is behind the occulting disk. Might catch the edge of it in the C2 camera thhough.

Anyway, have a look at the recent videos low (198k) and high (1.2 Mb) resolution. The cosmic ray flashes make it a bit difficult to follow, but you can see stars down to magnitude 4.5 at least.

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