The planet Mars

Image of Mars
© NASA/Hubble Space Telescope
Finder chart
Please wait
Loading 0/4
Click and drag to rotate
Mouse wheel to zoom in/out
Touch with mouse to dismiss
Click and drag the chart above to pan around the sky, or use the mouse wheel to zoom. Click to enlarge.

From Ashburn (click to change), Mars is difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 18° above the horizon. It is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:58 (EDT) – 2 hours and 25 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 18° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:35.

Name Mars
Object Type Superior Planet
Current Position
Constellation:Virgo
Brightness (V):Mag 1.8
Right Ascension:11h54m
Declination:+01°51'
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

Ashburn

Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

39.04°N
77.49°W
EDT

Color scheme