The Full Moon and Mars…

Article written: 31 Jan , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

Friday’s close conjunction of the full Moon and Mars was spectacular… “if” you weren’t surrounded by clouds! Did you get a chance to see it – or better yet take a photo? Then why not share…

Thanks to some time zone differences, not only was the Moon “full” on January 29, 2010 – it was also the “blue” Moon for observers in Tasmania and Australia. Even though skies were cloudy there as well, Shevill Mathers of Southern Cross Observatory had an opportunity to photograph the pair just before an upcoming storm.

As luck would have it, the view was pretty much the same worldwide, but perhaps some of you caught the solar system dance in a photo of your own? Then why not share with the rest of us. Feel free to post a link to your image!

And keep on rockin’ the night….

13 Responses

  1. Infinity says

    Nice! Better skies over here, so this was mine

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  3. hale-bopp says

    I posted my Moon and Mars pic, complete with a ring around the Moon (and Procyon and Pollux for good measure) on my blog.

  4. Mr.Astronomy says

    Took with phone camera. Its been really clear here in the uk.

  5. To see our image of that wonderful Moon and Mars then click on

    The Mars image is part of our contribution to the Tammy supported effort to measure the distance to Mars by parallax.

    Brian Sheen.

  6. Matt says

    During a merciful break in the UK cloud cover I managed to snap this picture of the full moon and mars.

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    from hale-bopp:

    (freekin’ awesome, dude! the ring makes it even more spectacular!)

    from Mr. Astronomy:

    very clear and nice for a cell phone!

    from roseland observatory:

    very nice maria…. it’s darn hard to get the right levels when the moon is full!!

    from matt:

    dude! i LOVE the perspective!!

    what a unique collection and look at how things appear in other’s eyes and skies…

    not only do you guys rock the night… you own it!


  8. S1mas says

    21:35 ISO800 1s F5,6

  9. clament says

    The sky is crystal clear here in my place (Malaysia) but unfortunately i don’t have a good camera to capture =(
    Thanks for all the sharing pictures =)

  10. Nephish777 says

    No picture but it was a very beautiful sight in Akron Ohio, at least until a layer of high clouds moved in.

  11. blshupp says

    I was able to photograph the perigee Moon- Mars conjuction Friday night despite some clouds. Posted on my facebook page.

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    cool! check out this one from S1mas….

    and the wild looking contrail in this image from Linda T….

    what incredible fun!!

    (bishupp? if you’ll send me your image in an email or the direct link, i’ll be happy to put it up. no offense, but i don’t play facebook, twitter, or the like and i’d have to sign up to see it. i’d rather spend my spare time here! thanks!!)

  13. Andy F says

    The Moon has been superb… looked great through an 8″ reflector too. Mars was bright with the polar cap visible…. but as always it is very difficult to make out surface features even when it’s higher in the sky during the night….due to low angular size at this opposition, light pollution etc.

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