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Mars Regional Dust Storm

Discussion in 'Observing Celestial Objects' started by Mak the Night, Sep 24, 2022.

Mars Regional Dust Storm

Started by Mak the Night on Sep 24, 2022 at 4:59 AM

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  1. Mak the Night

    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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    There are reports of a regional dust storm in the Valles Marineris. Activity began in Chryse according to reports.



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    Oh no.. just as I was hoping that I could have good observation of Mars with my new mirror... Let's hope that it's not going to last... If it's only regional.. maybe
     
  3. Mak the Night

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    Yes, it is a bit disconcerting. They often don't last long though.
     
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    Update. It's spreading south with Aurorae Sinus covered according to one report.
     
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    ok not good... if I finally reach a day where I am not too tired to look at Mars. it will be full of dust again.

    Let's hope not..
     
  7. Mak the Night

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    I think occasional localised storms are always going to happen. There were some on the last oppo'.
     
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    Latest: storm continues as a large regional event. Can now be seen at the terminator apparently.
     
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    Thanks for the Mars updates. I remember in 2018 when Mars was blanketed by a planet-wide dust storm. You couldn't observe anything visually. Even RGB images would turn up nothing but a near featureless disk. I finally imaged in both RGB and IR, layering them to get an image with some detail.

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    You're welcome Ed. I think localised storms are normal, planet-wide storms are rare hopefully. I remember 2018 as well. IIRC I observed Mars a few times until the storm enveloped the whole planet.
     
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    I had a VERY good observation of Mars also in 2018 before the wide storm, best views of the features ever.. then everything was gone.

    I really need to wake up at 5:AM before it's too late, putting he maximum amount of power available to see that planet.
     
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    Yeah I remember before the storm. It did clear a bit a lot later IIRC.
     
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    I remember after the storm yeah it was clear but nothing like before the storm, I think the planet was already much smaller , can't quite remember.

    I was coming back from the dark spot and the planet was up in the sky at around 1:00AM, I reinstalled the telescope on the deck at home and caught my best views of mars! ((:)

    ***

    Now my astronomy expectations for tonight are dead, it's full of clouds.. I wanted to look at Jupiter and Saturn with the RLT at around 22:00.. but it won't happen most likely, according to the forecast and the current condition of the sky (it's pretty bad)

    Option B was to wake up at 5:00AM to look at Mars, but the forecast is even worse... I think my only option for tonight will be the grab and go 6" if the sky is a disaster, at least not too much efforts would be lost..
     
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    Netflix night for me due to too much jetstream lol!
     
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    There are reports of seeing evidence of the storm in Solis Lacus.

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    Woups.. storms again, damn.

    Tonight I am at the beginning of the jet stream, it's taking the air from me and sending it to Iceland directly. It was a very windy day but it stopped.
     
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    Apparently green filters are good for discerning storms. Not sure if I'll see much evidence of them with a 127mm Mak. Mars is 12.1 arc seconds in size at the moment.
     
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    Cheers for reminding me about that page Ed. Filter use can be a bit subjective. I discovered yellow/yellow-green filters were good for Mars by accident a few years ago. I have a few 'Mars' filters.

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    It's easy to get carried away though! lol
     

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