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Astronomy Pictures of the Planets [Image 16]

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Mars
by John Kirchhoff

Mars

Hi everyone,

Managed to gather a few frozen photons last night/this morning [January 9-10, 2010]. Mars, while small, is putting on a show and only about two weeks away from its closest approach to us for the next 5 years.

The attached image is from this morning and shows the North Polar Cap and wedge shaped Syrtis Major as major features. If you look close it appears that we are starting to see the start of the breakup of the NPC (it’s springtime in the northern hemisphere).

Thanks for looking...

John Kirchhoff

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