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MARS

The orbit of Mars is somewhat more elliptical than the Earth's and every 15 to 17 years the orbits of our two planets come close together, and at closest opposition can be 54 to 103 million kilometers away. These distances equate to the size of the disk of Mars to vary rather drastically, so it is nest observed near the 2.1/2.25 year intervals with the closest approach during the 15/17 year interval.

I missed the 27 July 2018 opposition where Mars was 58 million kilometers away, so I attempted to observe it for the 13 October 2020 opposition (the distance was 68 million kilometers away).
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20100315 @ 06:21 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20100315 @ 06:21 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20120314 @ 04:29 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20120314 @ 04:29 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20120314 @ 05:48 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20120314 @ 05:48 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20160505 @ 06:25 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20160505 @ 06:25 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200916 @ 10:05 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200916 @ 10:05 UT
S&T Chart - Mars 20200916 @ 1005 UT
S&T Chart - Mars 20200916 @ 1005 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200917 @ 0923 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200917 @ 0923 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200917 @ 10:00 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200917 @ 10:00 UT
Mars 20200923 @ 0433 UT
Mars 20200923 @ 0433 UT
Mars with S&T Simulation Chart - 20200923 @ 04:33 UT
Mars with S&T Simulation Chart - 20200923 @ 04:33 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200923 @ 04:35 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200923 @ 04:35 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200924 @ 03:52 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200924 @ 03:52 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200926 @ 04:04 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20200926 @ 04:04 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201008 @ 0415 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201008 @ 0415 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201013 @ 0420 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201013 @ 0420 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0040 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0040 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0109 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0109 UT
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Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0207 UT
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Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0256 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0314 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201031 @ 0314 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201103 @ 0051 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201103 @ 0051 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201103 @ 0051 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201103 @ 0051 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201106 @ 0059 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201106 @ 0059 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201107 @ 0002 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201107 @ 0002 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201108 @ 0015
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201108 @ 0015
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201112 @ 0045 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201112 @ 0045 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201114 @ 0025 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201114 @ 0025 UT
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Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201123 @ 0020 UT
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Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201123 @ 0058 UT
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Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201123 @ 0130 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201201 @ 0152 UT
Mars with JPL Simulation Chart - 20201201 @ 0152 UT