Shrinking? Well, not really. But from our perspective on Earth, Mars is now noticeably smaller than as it appeared in July when it was at opposition.
Soon, Mars will be just a little tiny red dot in the sky. It'll be too small to see any features and all of the fun I've had with Mars will be over.
This image is a composite of two of my Mars captures. Each Mars in this composite was captured from my backyard at the same magnification with my usual equipment and processed in the usual way. No additional zooming or scaling was applied.
I merely copied and pasted an image of Mars from July 27th into a file with an image of Mars from last weekend, September 3rd's image, to be specific. And then I added some expository text and graphics.
Look! Mars is shrinking!
|Mars's Apparent Size, Now Versus Opposition
Over the next several months, I'll sadly be watching as Mars continues to get further away from us, knowing that it'll be another two years and fifty days until Mars' next opposition.
Next week? Assuming the sky isn't pouring buckets of rain down on us as it is now, more (smaller) Mars.