Mars opposition 2012

Mars is again moving to opposition, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west on the 3rd of March 2012. Opposition will occur at 20:35 UT. Mars will have a visual magnitude of -1.23, a size of about 13.9 arcseconds and will be about 0.67 AU away from Earth. At opposition, it will be at coordinates (J2000) 11h06m, +10°21′ in the constellation of Leo. Waxing gibbous Moon will be about 40° to the west of Mars so scattered light could affect your observing.

Few days ago the skies were clear and I took some pictures when it was at highest point in the sky.



Taken on 29 February 2012 23:45 UT, using spc900 and 2xBarlow lens.