Photo Tips: Mars Is Ready for its Close-Up – Are You?

Stargazers in a frenzy by the spectacle of Mars’ closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years Wednesday may be compelled to snap a photo of the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. They’ll need some patience and a little luck.

“The big challenge is that we are viewing Mars through the Earth’s turbulent air, and you have to wait for moments when the air is steady,” said Michael Covington, an Athens, Georgia-based author of several books on amateur astronomy, including Astrophotography for the Amateur and Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes.