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Bright Areas Imaged on Mars on March 17, 2012.

BobAnnMcGovern's picture

Saturday night I grabbed a few video clips of Mars in hoping to see some of the bright areas that have been mentioned. The seeing was pretty poor with lots of water vapor in the atmosphere. I used my C11 with a 2X Barlow and Imaging Source color video camera around 11 p.m. EDT. The attached image is the result of 230 frames of 1000 frames taken, stacked in Registax and cropped and sharpened in Photoshop. They are over sharpened for sure but do show what appears to be lighter areas over Elysium Mons, Olympus Mons and the Tharsis Montes regions. These could be clouds as they are all over mountainous areas but the clouds that I've seen in years past were more bluish. The area over the eastern limb, Tharsis Montes, is almost too bright to believe. The other view of Mars was copied from Starry Night Pro to show the proper orientation when the videos were made. I have a few video clips if anyone would like to try their hand processing them. Maybe next week we'll get some better evenings to try this again. Bob McGovern.