While waiting for the northern lights on the
evening of February 28, I decided to
photograph the Red Planet Mars over the
moonlit hillside at Chena Hot Springs
Resort near Fairbanks, Alaska.
On this night―with the temperature hovering
near -20F―the Red Planet was only four days
before its opposition point―its closest to
Earth―and continues to shine brightly in the
eastern evening sky shortly after dark.
In this photo, Mars is the brightest "star"
just above and to the left of the central
tree; above it are the stars of the
constellation Leo, the lion, among which it
now appears to reside.
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Photo Details: Nikon
D700, AF-S Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8G ED lens at
15mm, ISO 1250, 10 sec. at f/2.8
Processing Details: Lightroom
3.6, , Nik Dfine 2.0, Photoshop CS2
Location: Chena Hot Springs Resort,
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA