The planet Mars

Image of Mars
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From Ashburn (click to change), Mars is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:16 (EST) – 4 hours and 39 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 27° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:16.

Name Mars
Object Type Superior Planet
Current Position
Constellation:Ophiuchus
Brightness (V):Mag 1.0
Right Ascension:16h50m
Declination:-22°03'
Source for position: Computed using orbital elements from Robin M. Green, Spherical Astronomy, 1985, ISBN 0-521-31779-7
Orbital Elements
Semi-major axis:1.52 AU
Eccentricity:0.093298
Inclination:1.85°
Longitude ascending node:49.60°
Argument of perihelion:286.34°
Epoch of elements:14 January 1985
Mean Anomaly at epoch:-324.07°
Source: Robin M. Green, Spherical Astronomy, 1985, ISBN 0-521-31779-7
Derived quantities
Perihelion:1.38 AU
Aphelion:1.67 AU
Orbital period:1.88 years
Events
09 Feb 2018, 02:02 EST  –  Close approach of the Moon and Mars
09 Mar 2018, 20:25 EST  –  Close approach of the Moon and Mars
07 Apr 2018, 14:13 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and Mars
06 May 2018, 02:50 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and Mars
03 Jun 2018, 06:56 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and Mars
30 Jun 2018, 19:59 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and Mars
27 Jul 2018, 01:07 EDT  –  Mars at opposition
20 Sep 2018, 01:21 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and Mars
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The path traced across the sky by Mars in 2018

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
EST

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