Mars in 2014 and 2016

Mars | 2014

1 April
6 April

Mars imaged during April 2014, in the days approaching its 8 April opposition; diameter just under 15 arcseconds. Prominent features include the North Polar Cap (at bottom - north is down in these images) along with dark albedo features Syrtis Major and Sinus Sabaeus (left of centre and upper right respectively in the 1 April image). In both images a large area of cloud is visible over the Hellas basin (at top, to the south of Syrtis Major). In the 6 April image an area of cloud is visible over Elysium (left of centre).

Mars 11 May 2014
11 May
Mars 15 May 2014
15 May
Mars 15 May 2014
19 May

After a four-week interruption to observing due to travel, the planet's apparent diameter has shrunk to 13.7 arcseconds by 11 May. In the 15 May image an area of blue cloud or haze is visible over Utopia (at about the 5 o'clock position). By 19 May the areas of Amazonis and Tharsis rotate into view (around the 9 o'clock position) with bright clouds over Olympus Mons and the other Tharsis-Amazonis volcanoes.

Mars 22 May 2014
22 May
Mars 22 May 2014
28 May

In the image at left of the 22 May pair (made at about 07:20 UT) Tharsis-Amazonis has rotated further into view, while the picture at right, made later (around 11:00 UT) shows extensive blue cloud or haze over Utopia. The 28 May trio were made at 06:26, 07:12 and 07:59 UT.

Mars 22 May 2014
31 May
Mars 4 June 2014
4 June

The 31 May images were made at 06:56, 07:15 and 07:53 UT; the 4 June pair at 06:09 and 06:53 UT.

Animation showing the planet's rotation over the course of about an hour (6 April, 10:48-11:46 UT).

Mars | 2016

2 June

4 June

Missed out on observing the planet around its May opposition due to travel. Still, by June, when these images were made, its apparent diameter was around 18 arcseconds, larger than it was at any time during its last close approach in 2014.

Mars 13 June 2016
13 June
Mars 15 June 2016
15 June
Mars 19 June 2016
19 June

Mars 24 June 2016
24 June
Mars 2 July 2016
2 July
Mars 5 July 2016
5 July

All images made with a Schmidt-Cassegrain 11-inch telescope working at about f/20; stacks of multiple frames made from separate sequences using a monochrome camera through red, green and blue filters.

Note that despite differing "canvas" sizes, all the Mars images on this page (with the one exception of the 2014 animation) are at the same relative scale.