A Little Martian?

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What’s this curious little Mars-like planet? Well, it’s not Mars, but that’s there too. To wit:

In a digitally stitched little planet projection, the 360 degree mosaic was captured near San Pedro in the Chilean Atacama desert. Telescopes in domes on the horizon are taking advantage of the arid region’s famously dark, clear nights. Taken in early December, a magnificent Milky Way arcs above the horizon for almost 180 degrees around the little planet with Orion prominent in the southern sky. A familiar constellation upside down for northern hemisphere skygazers, Orion shares that southern December night almost opposite the Large and Small Magellanic clouds. But the Red Planet itself is the brightest yellowish celestial beacon in this little planet sky.

(Image: Robert Barsa)

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5 thoughts on “A Little Martian?

  1. scottser

    ‘There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.’

        1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

          ah thanks Scottser,
          got home, game changer, I have slept, eaten home food and had a shower,
          himself is playing a blinder and herself is just a miracle, the toughest experience of my life and I have to say staff at rotunda were outstanding, really humane care,
          really touched by all the well wishes here,
          I’m the happiest girl in Ireland :)

          1. scottser

            ah, i’m delighted for ye. the smell of a newborn baby is unbelievable – mine just smell like mud and oil now. enjoy this time – it’s really special..

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