Benson, AZ 85602 hm ph: 520-586-2244 Nice drawing and write-up on Mars, Alan. BTW, there is a nice Mars observers yahoo group which has been following Mars since its last close approach and more seriously since the planet came from behind the sun. One of the "benefits" of being out of work is that I have been able to observe Mars for many months since it was about 5 arcsecs or so in apparent diameter. The north polar cap has been quite apparent along with the interesting dark band around it. I haven't really seen much other surface detail. On a humorous note, for those who purchased their 2012 RASC Handbook, you need to be aware that there has been a correction to the Dec 2012 page showing daily events. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17678378/2012.pdf It looks like the year might be a little short... Clear skies, Wayne (aka Mr. Galaxy) ---------- Original Message ---------- From: Alan Strauss <alan7170@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [AZ-Observing] Mars time Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:04:46 +0000 (UTC) Good morning, This morning I dragged myself out of bed at about 6 AM as I wanted to take a look at Mars for the first time this season. It was a very peaceful way to begin the day and Mars was sublime in the breaking dawn. A full report and sketch of the red planet are on my blog at: http://lostpleiadobservatory.blogspot.com/2012/01/mars-time.html Clear skies- Alan -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.