|This page presents thumbnails of many of the drawings made by us
during the 2003 close approach, and a selection by E. E. Barnard from the
1894 opposition, using the same telescope. Mars' and Earth's relative rotation
rates reveal a new part of Mars' surface at the beginning of each
night which soon rotates out of view. Consequently, were the drawings made over
the course of a single revolution of Mars arranged in the order of their making, the
direction of rotation would appear reversed. Here we have arranged them generally
from last to first to reflect the true direction of rotation. (Note,
however, that not all drawings are from a single revolution.)
Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image displayed in a separate window.
You may also
compare observers' drawings of
the same regions or
read observers' descriptions by region. Laurie has further
described her drawings in her article La Tabula Rosa.