Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hellas basin is bright and prominent.




























A total of 5000 images per channel at a frame rate per second higher than 120 were acquired, out of which the best 100 images were stacked to produce these images. South is at top.

It is summer in the Martian southern hemisphere. Hellas basin is quite conspicuous and bright, dominating the southern hemisphere. The interesting protruding albedo of Syrtis major from the southern to the northern hemisphere is also evident but the fine detail I observed during other apparitions is not present in these latest images. The south polar cap is also evident. The atmospheric turbulence at the current low altitude of Mars in our skies is not helping planetary imagers at our latitudes to produce better images of Mars.

This observation has been archived on ALPO servers in the US and Japan.

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