Monday, May 7, 2012

Leo constellation with star labels

Tracing my own star charts out of actual photographs is remarkably fun, and a great way to learn to recognize their shapes in the sky! Here is the constellation Leo with visitor Mars close by. When I was looking up my reference, I noticed that some versions of Leo have little legs attached. I used what I'm guessing is the more traditional Leo because it was more common in Google images.

mars and leo constellation star labels

My super close up of Mars has a red tint to it, but I wouldn't be surprised if the color was just a distortion from the exposure. It looks a little red to the naked eye, but with this long exposure it appears white in the center.

mars
Mars appearing slightly red and over exposed

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