Mars
Mars
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun.   It is smaller than every other planet in the solar system except Mercury.   Mars was the Roman god of war and it is redish to the eye due to iron oxide prevalant on its surface.  Since mars has no oceans, its entire surface is dry, and in spite of its small size, the surface area is about the same as the total dry land on Earth.  Mars has about the same day length as earth, but its year is twice as long.  This is one of thousands of photos taken in 2003 during the closes approach of Mars to Earth.   Also check out this Mars video of an entire rotation of Mars on its axis.
Optics: Celestron C11 F/11 (3100mm Focal Length) Date: August 2003
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics Location: Columbus, Texas
Exposure: RGB = 0.1, 0.1, 0.1 secs Imager: Kent E. Biggs