Martian Coastline


Only 3 days past opposition, the planet Mars shines brilliantly before setting behind the hillside, in a photo taken more than an hour before sunrise. The brightest star at upper left is Procyon, in the constellation Canis Minor. The star Betelgeuse is just above the point where the cliffs meet the sea. The rocky California coastline is illuminated by the light of a gibbous moon. On the horizon at left can be seen the silhouettes of two of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands; the point of light is the lighthouse on Anacapa Island.

Date: December 27, 2007
Time: ~5:45 a.m. PST
Location: Pt. Mugu State Park, California
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure time: ~4 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

Revised: January 22, 2008
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