Mars (Planet)

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From San Diego , Mars is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:50, when it reaches an altitude of 8° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:08, 80° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:26, 70° above your south-western horizon.

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Name Mars
Object type Superior planet
Current position
Magnitude:-0.70 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):-1.46 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
Right ascension:05h24m [2]
Declination:+22°43' [2]
Distance:0.75 AU
6.22 lightmin [2]
Orbital elements [2]
Semi-major axis:1.52 AU
Longitude ascending node:49.58°
Argument of perihelion:286.46°
Epoch of elements:01 January 2000
Mean Anomaly at epoch:19.41°
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
[2] Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac. 1992. K. P. Seidelmann, Ed., p.316
Visibility from San Diego

All times shown in San Diego local time.

30 Oct 2022  –  Mars enters retrograde motion
30 Nov 2022  –  Mars at perigee
07 Dec 2022  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
07 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
03 Jan 2023  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
12 Jan 2023  –  Mars ends retrograde motion
30 Jan 2023  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
27 Feb 2023  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
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