Mars at long last

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Mars at long last

Postby Space Oddity » Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:16 pm

Cumbria's been pretty grim for astronomy for months now. In fact, where I live, I haven't seen anything to get excited about since Ganymede's transit of Jupiter way back in January (or was it December?).

Stubbornly refusing to accept any of the laws of physics I have pointed the scope in the general direction of the little red planet for weeks, seeing nothing but a blurred reddish disc through the haze and high cloud.

Then last night, I repeated the same optimistic performance and had almost given up when at 10:30 and for twenty minutes only, the fuzziness disappeared and at last I could see the darker details and even, quite clearly the polar icecap...result! It just goes to show that mindless intransigence is not a totally useless characteristic after all. Somehow, all the failures make such a triumph that much more valuable.

I hope other people manage to succeed with the planet, too. Fingers crossed for you if you haven't seen it clearly yet!

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Re: Mars at long last

Postby patthehorse » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:54 am

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