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Mars Polar Cap

Discussion in 'Observing Celestial Objects' started by Scopejunkie, Jan 3, 2019.

Mars Polar Cap

Started by Scopejunkie on Jan 3, 2019 at 6:14 PM

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  1. Scopejunkie

    Scopejunkie Well-Known Member

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    Just came in from observing Mars again. Can anyone else see the shrinking polar cap or am I fooling myself? o_O I've seen it multiple nights even though the seeing has not been great.

    Is anyone still looking at mars besides me?
     
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    I managed one quick look on 28Dec but the skies were not the best. I thought there was a small hint so it may be likely.
     
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    Thanks Gabby76. I sure wish the seeing would settle between the storms. I am still getting fleeting views of a very tiny cap (cooled C-14, 300x-500x). I was hoping someone with better seeing could confirm what these old eyes are seeing. Oh well. The next week is calling for more foul weather. :(

    I love hi-res challenges. Will try again when the rain storms clear out later next week.
     
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    Last night, under better seeing (between the high clouds), I could see surface details but no sign of the very tiny polar cap that I was seeing over a week ago. Oh well... Looking forward to the return of Jupiter and Saturn to the evening sky.
     
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    Hi, Scopejunkie. I don't have as much aperture as you, but I have been struggling to see a polar cap since late December. I think the southern hemisphere of Mars has come out of summer and is in autumn now. Maybe, the polar cap has been progressively shrinking over the past few months due to heating from the sun and as Mars' southern hemisphere enters winter, the cap will grow again (but by then Mars will be but a small reddish dot out of viewing range). Just a guess.
     
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