The planet Mars

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From Cambridge , Mars is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 23:02, when it rises to an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:42, 52° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:35, 51° above your southern horizon.

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Name Mars
Object Type Superior Planet
Current Position
Magnitude:-1.42 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):-1.46 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
Right ascension:01h33m [2]
Declination:+05°22' [2]
Distance:0.57 AU
4.71 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 Cambridge

All times shown in Cambridge local time.

03 Aug 2020  –  Mars at perihelion
09 Aug 2020  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
06 Sep 2020  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
03 Oct 2020  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
06 Oct 2020  –  Mars at perigee
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
17 Apr 2021  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
12 Jul 2021  –  Mars at aphelion
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