Mars on August 18, 2020
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Mars as seen on August 18, 2020.  The Eye-of-Mars (Solis Lacus), is near the center of
the planet and has appeared swollen this opposition.  The darkish markings below Solis
Lacus and to the left are the old historical Agathadaemon.  This is now known to be a
wide section of the Valles Marineris.  I was also picking up a slight spot near the
edge at 5 o’clock on the planet which might be clouds over the huge volcano Nix Olympica,
but this could just be wishful thinking on my part.  Also, note that the South Polar cap (south
is up in the drawing) is warped (not round) due to uneven melting.