Full Moon and Mars Through Fog
September 11, 2003
The above photo was taken on August 12. The night sky was rather foggy, but the Full Moon and nearby Mars gave us a memorable show. I was on the beach of Kermor, in Finistère (western France) when I took this picture with a friend in the foreground. Though Mars is indeed closer during the current apparition than anytime in the past 60,000 years, it still looks more or less like a bright reddish star with the unaided eye. It's far too distant to make out any surface features, even with binoculars. A good telescope is needed to see the polar caps. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for August 28, 2003.