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Starlyte

Earth Webcam Catches Mars Rotation

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Explanation: Mars won't look this good. Tonight and over the next few days, when Mars is at its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, you might get your best view ever of our planetary neighbor. Please, though, don't expect to see this much structure, or expect to see Mars rotate so much in so brief a period. The above 20-frame movie was created from 1000 frames of a backyard webcam that were meticulously aligned, added, and digitally sequenced. Pictured, Mars appears to rotate in a time-lapse sequence, with each frame separated by 30 minutes of real time. In reality, one full Martian rotation -- a Martian day -- is only about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day. For those with access to a small telescope, here is how mars will really look.

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very cool starlyte,

never seen that before. cool.gif

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Looks quite beautiful doesn't it?Nice link Starlyte thumbsup.gif I'll be looking tonight for sure...

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Starlyte... Thanks so much. that is so great. I can not wait to see mars tonight!!! What a wonderful experience for us to be able to have

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Thank you Starlyte , hopefully we will get to take the kids to the observatory tommorow night .

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Thanks starlyte!

That is actually intresting to look at.

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My mom woke me up at 4 to look for Mars mad.gif

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Thanks for the link.

I can see Mars from my room as I type. It's like a twinkling little ruby in the sky. eyecrazy.gif

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Thank you for posting that Starlyte, truly a beautiful sight to behold. Even with the naked eye Mars is indeed beautiful as I look up at it from my back yard.

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