I picked this up on another board and am mystified. I'd like some more input on it. What do you guys think? Note especially the naked eye confirmation and the multiple witnesses. A co-worker of mine, out on the weekend at a campsite, looked up at the moon and noticed a strange red circle in the sky near the moon. He grabbed his camera and took several pictures and had his wife and kids verify that he was not seeing things. http://www.totedata.com/mars.jpg" The quality of the picture is not the best, but it demonstrates what he saw (moon is on the left, red globe on the right). The moon was fairly large, near the horizon, and it was his claim that "that must be Mars!". I assured him that it was not (and could not be, for several reasons), and must have been some consequence of a lens-type effect of the atmosphere casting a shadow of a red moon some distance to the right of where it actually was. (To me, the object on the left looks like an out-of-focus bit of dust or raindrop caught in the image, but that doesn't address the naked eye account.) I am looking into the exact date so's we can verify positions of the Moon (and Mars). I'll ask about the camera settings too. and I'll get him to post the uncropped photo. Does anyone have any theories?