Why did I register the domain name "marsneeds.com?"
In astronomy, objects aren't always visible in the night sky. But, during the period of weeks or months when we can see an object, it is said that we are having an apparition of the object.
We are having an apparition of Mars.
In fact, the planet Mars is getting closer and closer to us. This happens cyclically.
Its closest approach to us happens just about every 26 months. Some approaches of Mars are closer than others.
It turns out that the 2018 apparition of Mars will be one of the most favorable since the 2003 apparition when it came closest to Earth in 59,635 years (the year 57,617 B.C.)
The closest approach for Mars in 2018 will take place on July 31, just four days after its July 27 opposition - when Mars and the Sun are to be on opposite sides of the Earth.
I was outside in the wee hours of this morning taking a peek at Mars with the telescope. Mars is close enough to us that features are starting to be visible. I put the imager on the 'scope and captured some images.
While waiting for some of the image captures to finish, I thought to myself, "I ought to start a blog of my Mars photos..."
In my sleep deprived state, I clearly thought, "Mars needs photos."
Rational thoughts did not appear to return even after the "post astronomy" nap.
When I set up this blog, Google asked if I would like to associate it with a particular domain and presented me with a list. "Marsneeds.com" was available.
How could I resist?
Well, besides being sort of a reference to the classic movie, "Mars Needs Women," it is the general theme to my blog.
Mars needs photos.
There may be other astronomy related photos interspersed, but really, Mars needs photos.
First post. First photo. This image of Mars was captured through my telescope in my backyard around 0430 on April 21st, 2018.
More to come.
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