Green And Blue Flash On Red Planet Mars
Taken by Peter Rosén on July 12, 2018 @ Central Stockholm, Sweden
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Date Taken: 2018:07:12 19:12:39
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Last night I photographed planet Mars, shining brightly in the early morning sky.
At an altitude of only 6.5° above the horizon, the turbulence was extreme, sometimes splitting the planets disc in 2 or 3 slices and displaying a green and blue flash usually seen on the Sun.
Even so I managed to stack the sequences into an image displaying some surface features seen through the dust storm that covers the planet.
The tiny bluish polar caps can also be seen in the image.
Mars is only 2 weeks away from opposition and has grown to 23.
Photographed at prime focus of 4000 mm of a OMC-200 Maksutov from OrionOptics UK.
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possible Jet flew by
Posted by Hellobozos 2018-07-12 12:55:29
Oh my, Peter, that is absolute awesome!!!
Posted by LandyGyebnar 2018-07-12 16:45:43
Hellobozos, I photographed Mars for 45 minutes and got several similar sequences displaying the green and blue flashes so there was no Jet involved. I guess they were caused by air layers at different temperatures near the ground.

Thank you Monika!
Interesting observations can result despite really bad conditions. I am glad I stayed on instead of giving up and going to bed. And I finally got a decent image of the planet itself despite the turbulence.

/*Peter R

Posted by Peter R 2018-07-13 03:01:59
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