Milky Way & Mars

Date & Time: May 18 2001, 25:02 JST(+0900), 30min. Exp.
Optical: SIGMA MF f=24mm F2.8, Aperture: F4.0
Auto-guided with Kenko SKYMEMO Equatorial
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

In early summer of 2001, the Mars was getting closer to the Earth and its bright red light was being attracted our attention. When I took this picture the Mars was positioned at dear center of summer's Milky Way, the red planet was giving the summer skies fairly different impression. At that time the Mars has a visual brightness of about -1.7, which exceeded that of Antares in the constellation of Scorpius in west of the Milky Way.

Milky Way & Rising Dawn Moon

Scorpius & Milky Way sinking to morning mist

Copyright(c) 2001 by Naoyuki Kurita, All rights reserved.
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