On August 27, 2003 Mars made its closest approach to the earth in about 50,000 years, coming within 34 million miles. It allowed relatively clear images of the Martian surface. This image was taken from Edmonds, Washington under fair summer skies. You can see the Martian polar cap which is the white oval at the top of the planet. This image was taken with an SBIG ST2000xm camera through a 10 inch Meade LX2000 telescope.