Mars on April 14, 2018 in Sagittarius
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First Mars Drawing of 2018
Mars is currently a brutal 9.5 arcseconds in size.  This was the first time that I had a
steady enough atmosphere to see enough detail to justify a drawing. Even so, Mars
at this size/distance shows little visually in the telescope.  Solis Lacus (the eye-of-Mars)
and Mare Sirenum could be seen along with what appears as a whitish cloud (hood?)
over the South Polar Cap. South is up in the drawing.  No additional details could be
made out.

The Mars opposition of 2018 is just getting started.  By the end of July and early August
of this year, Mars will exceed 24 arcseconds in size, the largest it has been since 2003
and larger than I will ever see it again in my lifetime.