The planet Mars

Image of Mars
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From Seattle , Mars is difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 15° above the horizon. It is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:49 (PST) – 2 hours and 54 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 15° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:44.

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Name Mars
Object Type Superior Planet
Current Position
Magnitude:1.69 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):-1.46 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
Right ascension:14h34m [1]
Declination:-14°29' [1]
Distance:2.36 AU
19.61 lightmin [1]
Orbital Elements [1]
Semi-major axis:1.52 AU
Longitude ascending node:49.60°
Argument of perihelion:286.34°
Epoch of elements:15 January 1985
Mean Anomaly at epoch:-324.07°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.38 AU
Aphelion:1.67 AU
Orbital period:1.88 years
[1] Robin M. Green, Spherical Astronomy, 1985, ISBN 0-521-31779-7
03 Aug 2020  –  Mars at perihelion
06 Oct 2020  –  Mars at perigee
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
12 Jul 2021  –  Mars at aphelion
20 Sep 2021  –  Mars at apogee
07 Oct 2021  –  Mars at solar conjunction
21 Jun 2022  –  Mars at perihelion
30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
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