From Alan W HEATH
© . . . . . . . . .A happy Summer Solstice to you all.
Thank you for continuing to send the MARS Bulletin which is always a joy to read.
Like so many other astronomers, I did see the five planets in early May and enclose notes.
Everyone seems excited about the football. I don't see what all the fuss is about. Mars is far more exciting!
I understand that
Tom Dobbins in
With every good wish.
LINEUP - 2002
In the first week of May all five major
planets were close together in the West. Positions for 2002 May 6 as follows-
R.A. Dec Mag Phase
Mercury 4h14.4m +23.52 +0.6 0.32
Venus 4h43.4m +23.16 -3.8 0.88
Mars 4h54.7m +23.27 +1.6 0.97
Saturn 4h51.7m +21.10 +0.1 -
Jupiter 6h51.1m +23.08 -2.0 -
2002 May 1d
All five planets seen with 8×30 Binoculars and also naked eye this evening. Mercury looked pinkish.
2002 May 4d
Despite well broken cloud, all five planets were seen with Mercury again
looking pinking. I took the opportunity to look at all five with the Celestar-8
at X200 although seeing was very poor- S4
Mercury - No detail other than the phase which looked just under half. Diam. 8.3 arc secs
Venus - No detail other than phase which was about 90.
Mars - With the disc only 3.9 arc seconds, the disc was seen but no other detail.
Saturn - The SEB was seen and Cassini division but little else.
Jupiter - Being higher this was the best
image of all and the STB,
NOTE: Despite being the lowest of the planets, Mercury seemed surprisingly bright even in the bright sky. It was about equal to Saturn and was brighter than Mars.
PHOTOGRAPHS: I used a 28mm lens at f/2.8 and Fuji
200 Colour negative film with 1 second exposure for
May 1 and
2002 May 6d
All five planets seen again
though transparency poor. A cloudy day clearing as it became dark. Photographs taken again using 28mm lens as before with
HEATH (Long Eaton,