I was fortunate to make an observation of the Red Planet under good seeing conditions this morning. It's been a long dry spell--my previous observation was Nov. 21st, when Mars was only 9 arcseconds in angular diameter.
In the interim, I've been in survival mode, trying to get through the worst winter in several years here in my corner of the world. I can count the number of clear nights in the past two months on one hand.
Mars did not disappoint--the North Polar Cap was brilliant and the atmospheric features fascinating. There was no dust that I could detect. Notes are with the sketch.
Under overcast skies, I have been tracking the Mars observations posted here and elsewhere on the Web and my hat is off to the many observers posting their work here.
Happy Groundhog Day and best regards to all,