This is Mars in motion over the course of 5 nights - my first detection of a solar system object using an All Sky camera. I hope to use this process to find more objects that move across the night sky, but Mars was an easy one to start with. It's bright and easily visible with the naked eye any night it's above the horizon. My object motion detection program (SkyDelta) works well on it too because it's such a substantial blob. I may write more about the tools I'm using and have written, but first I want to get a reporting format established to encourage me to find more solor system objects and catalog them here. So here's the rundown of my detection of Mars.

1. Original images (cropped and processed) from 5 nights at approximately 10:30pm: 2018-12-31, 2019-01-01, 2019-01-03, 2019-01-05 and 2019-01-06.

2. The same cropped and processed frames aligned with PixInsight.

3. SkyDelta motion detection from aligned frames.

4. SkyDelta cumulative motion detection blobs.

5. Mars is the brightest dot within the red circle. Note the little dipper-like formation to its left.

6. Stellarium sky configuration on the same night. Note the little dipper-like thing again below Mars. The perspective is rotated, but that's just an effect of the camera orientation.

Process notes:

Published: March 15, 2019