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Only 16 days before opposition, the planet Mars shines brilliantly among the stars of the constellation Gemini. Position your mouse cursor over the image to show the outline of the constellation, its twin bright stars Castor and Pollux, Mars and star cluster M35.
Date: December 8, 2007
Time: 11:39 p.m. MST
Location: Four Peaks Road, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on homemade tracking mount
Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 400 slide (pushed one stop)
Focal length: 40 mm
Exposure time: 90 seconds
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000 (cropped slightly)