A. Crucial Loss
We are very sad to imform you that Dr. Masatsugu Minami passed away
11:00 am 28 January in Japanese time due to interstitial pnumonia.
He was 80 years old.
B. A Biographical Note on Masatsugu MINAMI by William SHEEHAN
On this 28 January 2019 ,we have lost an irreplaceable great star, Masatsugu MINAMI who, some thirty two years ago, had created an unprecedented and probably the last singular field "Communications in Mars Observations" as an antithesis of the previous defective observing/analysing systems of Mars, in which the dream of well-planned program of classical Mars observation finally came true, to which visual/digital observers across the world could have been submitting their records to find their raisons d'être promptly. It was astonishing that the integrity of this Martians' Shangri-Laish zone had been preserved practically solely by Masatsugu, an unprecedented and presumably the final PURE MARTIAN/visual sketcher on this blue planet.
( 21 June 2019, Reiichi KONNAÏ)
C. Mars is Now in Virgo at Dawn
The Planet Mars is back in the eastern sky. The apparent diameter is only δ=3.7" and the season is λ=103°Ls now. Mars will next be at opposition on 13 October 2020 at 23h GMT. Its largest angular diameter will be 22.56 arcsecs on 6 October 2020 at 14h GMT.
( 7 November 2019)