Mars Attacks our Moon!
well...not really...just the moon almost passing in front of Mars in a similar way to a solar eclipse, but this event seen as a grazing occultation in Melbourne with Mars so big is extremely rare!
The region from which an occultation was seen is limited by a grazing occultation of Mars at the north limb of the Moon. This occurred along a band some 50 km wide from Melbourne, through Canberra to Wollongong just south of Sydney. Areas to the south saw a full occultation.
note that the apparent size of Mars is approx. 75-100 x smaller than the moon
here are my pics of this event taken with a Canon S30 digital camera and a 10" Newtonian telescope on 7th October 2003:
|0:15am camera zoom without telescope - getting closer!|
- damn that's close!!
- note how much the moon moved since last photo one minute earlier