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Oh, for heaven's sake (bad pun), I have been completely remiss in joining this thread. I missed the eclipse too, but for purely geographical reasons being in North America where it wasn't visible.

Fortunately, the viewing of Mars in opposition, and it's closest position here in a couple of days has been sensational. One of the polar caps and the striations have been visible at times, but not at others which I believe may be due to dust storms.

By the way, this is one of my favorite sunset photos. I bet you can guess from where it was taken:
I was surprised not to see you in here before Surfermom, but I'm glad you found it...
One of the problems I've found is; Sometimes there are so many interesting threads on the forum that you can spread your net too wide, and when I log on in the morning it takes me all the time I've allowed just to catch up, with hardly any time left to reply...

I know it's probably been mentioned before, but which direction should I be looking in and at roughly what time will I be able to see Mars...?

I'm guessing that from the hills it wasn't Florida.....
How about a little group of Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean..?
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I know it's probably been mentioned before, but which direction should I be looking in and at roughly what time will I be able to see Mars...?
If you go to this website https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/uk/london you can set it to your specific area. Scroll down a bit and find Mars, click on it and it tells you what time it rises and sets and where it is at that specific time. There is a sliding scale thing (small brown sphere) that you can slide along to see the exact elevation and direction it's in at any time.

Basically, Mars rises a bit earlier every night and at the moment I can see it in the SSE at around 11pm, once it's cleared the houses in front of mine. Providing there's no cloud you can't really miss it as it's orange.
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Just incase anyone's interested. Both the international Space station and the Hubble space telescope are just passing over our chihuahua Luna's back. According to 'Skyview' my ipad astronomy app!

The app shows the actual positions of stars, planets and all other heavenly objects in real time.
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Just incase anyone's interested. Both the international Space station and the Hubble space telescope are just passing over our chihuahua Luna's back. According to 'Skyview' my ipad astronomy app!

The app shows the actual positions of stars, planets and all other heavenly objects in real time.
Ah! That must be the Dog star.
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30-07-2018, 03:35 PM
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Ah! That must be the Dog star.

She certainly thinks so! Shes a complete and total Diva!
As far as she is concerned. The entire universe revolves around her!
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She certainly thinks so! Shes a complete and total Diva!
As far as she is concerned. The entire universe revolves around her!
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30-07-2018, 04:25 PM
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Anyway. Here is Mars. A little way behind Saturn, just below the eastern horizon. The red line in the top right corner.

The overall reddish hue is because Ive got my finger over the camera lens to block out my living room. Sos not to confuse the picture.
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30-07-2018, 10:02 PM
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If you go to this website https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/uk/london you can set it to your specific area. Scroll down a bit and find Mars, click on it and it tells you what time it rises and sets and where it is at that specific time. There is a sliding scale thing (small brown sphere) that you can slide along to see the exact elevation and direction it's in at any time.

Basically, Mars rises a bit earlier every night and at the moment I can see it in the SSE at around 11pm, once it's cleared the houses in front of mine. Providing there's no cloud you can't really miss it as it's orange.
Thanks Nicol, checked out the site and saved it to my favourites.
I don't think I'll be able to see Mars tonight as it doesn't rise more than one degree in the East, that's not a good direction from here as it will be obscured with trees and houses.....Thanks for the heads up on that site though Nicol, it will certainly come in handy for identifying stuff in future....
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31-07-2018, 04:58 AM
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Yes, Longdogs! That photo is a sunset of Mars - haunting, familiar, and unfamiliar at the same time, don't you think? I wonder when a person will be able to take such a photo?

Nicol, thanks for the link!

OGF, you knew I would wander here at some point. .

FridgeMagnet, it is not lost on me that the International Space Station and Hubble crossed Luna's (the Moon's) back. Too good! I call my little white station wagon, Luna, btw . I was fortunate to do some work on Hubble some time ago.

Here's a very good article on the opposition and close orbital position of Mars with Earth.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/s...ion-earth.html
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Hi

The more I learn about astronomy, the more I realise that Humans are simply insignificant.

In terms of the Universe, we are a grain of sand somewhere on a beach, amongst the myriad of beaches on our planet and we have only been there for a fraction of a second in terms of the age of the Universe.

It really does put our problems into perspective, it is Zen like.

A quote from my favourite author.

Geography is just Physics slowed down with a few trees on it.

Summer is not just a time, it is also a place, it moves South in Winter.
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