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reply to post by funbox
Thank you funbox...what you've posted is exactly what i had expected to see in the image in this OP.
Lots and lots of lovely stars.
They must have removed them...i wish they hadn't done and instead just circled Earth to show us in all our cosmic glory.
edit on 8-2-2014 by MysterX because: (no reason given)
Things to consider would indeed be the relative brighthness of Earth compared against the next brightest source at meg 2.0, but looking at the MSL image, Earth is imaged about midway from the horizon to the top edge of the image
reply to post by Aleister
Or in Gimli's dresser, "My God! It's full of bars!"
P.S. We are going to catch it for this; you know that, right?
Girls go for clever guys, not ignorant onesedit on 8-2-2014 by AndyMayhew because: (no reason given)
If viewed from the surface of Mars near its equator, full Phobos looks about one third as big as the Earth's full moon from Earth.
Here's the view that Stellarium provides. It gives Earth a magnitude of -1.1. I don't know the field of view of the image from Mars but there aren't many bright star in it. The brightest star in this Stellarium view is Alpha Aries at magnitude 2.0. Earth is more than twice as bright as that star.
In some photos from Earth, the stars are streaked as the earth rotates, so wouldn't Mars rotate as well producing similar streaks too?
reply to post by Saint Exupery
You're right. I skipped the negative value and used +1 for Earth.
But I'm not sure we can forget about magnitude 2 stars. The Moon is indicated to appear at magnitude 2.