From Richard McKIM
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Subject: New dust event on Mars
Thanks for these images and the information. I agree a dust
event has commenced, and will issue a BAA e-circular tonight. The bright SPC
patch in the longitude of
It is not possible to predict how far the event will spread. I would be pleased to receive any further images at once. Many perihelic apparitions have dust events, some local, others larger. I am not yet sure what the focus of this event is, but will review the images closely. It seems to have arisen just north of the Hellas basin. Let's keep watching!
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Subject: Re: 20030703 Mars (Great seeing)
Yes, the Chryse Planitia dust patch does seem diffused, but as an aestheist I refuse to believe that God had anything to do with its decline! (In any case, I am quite pleased for dust to cover the planet so that all observers can watch Mars with an equal effective resolution!) Similar events occurred at precisely that location in 1939, 1954, 1986, and so on.
With best regards
Richard McKIM (Peterborough, UK)
Director, the BAA Mars Section