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Mars 11-May-2012
Mars 11-May-2012
Mars's axis is tilting towards us by 24 degrees just now and showing us its North Polar Cap.You can read Data on the picture, copied from the fantastically useful WINJUPOS free software , Just click "program/celestial body /tools/ ephemerides.
Mars 12-May-2012
Mars 12-May-2012
You can see Mars is now getting gibbous like our moon does. Note also the position of that "Africa" looking dark feature called Syrtis Major. Due to the day on Mars being about 40 mins longer than ours, when viewed on the same time each day, it appears to have stepped backwards approximately 9 degrees per day, which is opposite to its actual direction of rotation.