Mars reached opposition on the 9th Aril 2014 and on April 14th (the day this photograph was captured) Mars was at it’s closest point to Earth for 2014. This coincided with Mars appearing (from our perspective) to be close to the Moon, 3 degrees in fact, which is close enough to nicely frame the two together in a camera. Mars has a dusty red hue to the naked eye and through a telescope. Compared to the brilliant white of the bright almost full moon this difference becomes more obvious. For more information about the Mars opposition this year check out Ian Musgrave’s blog.