Mars and How to Observe It

  • Peter Grego

Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Our Current Knowledge of Mars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Grego
      Pages 3-7
    3. Peter Grego
      Pages 9-13
    4. Peter Grego
      Pages 15-66
    5. Peter Grego
      Pages 83-86
    6. Peter Grego
      Pages 87-124
  3. Observing Mars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Peter Grego
      Pages 127-133
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      Pages 135-159
    4. Peter Grego
      Pages 161-185
    5. Peter Grego
      Pages 203-220
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 221-238

About this book


Mars has long been a favorite subject for astronomers, both amateur and professional. Known as the Red Planet because of its distinct color, it shines brightly in the skies when it is closest to the Earth every two years. Exciting to view through a telescope, this most Earth-like of planets transforms into a real world showing phases, brilliant polar ice caps, seasonal changes in its dusty desert markings, and atmospheric phenomena.

Mars and How to Observe It takes readers on a planet-wide tour of the Red Planet and explains how a variety of dynamic forces has shaped it through the ages. This book explains how amateur astronomers can view Mars successfully to create accurate observational drawings and secure high-resolution CCD images of the planet.

Peter Grego is an accomplished author, an experienced amateur astronomer who has been actively observing Mars for over 30 years. Using the latest imagery and data from Mars probes and rovers, Mars and How to Observe It presents an up-to-date guide on our current understanding of the Red Planet and how the amateur astronomer can become familiar with this fascinating world.


Amateur astronomy Imaging Mars Observing Mars Observing planets Practical astronomy Red Planet

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Grego
    • 1
  1. 1.CornwallUnited Kingdom

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