The planet Mars

Image of Mars
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From Seattle , Mars is difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. It is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:08 (PST) – 2 hours and 52 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 13° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:13.

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Name Mars
Object Type Superior Planet
Current Position
Magnitude:1.15 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):-1.46 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
Right ascension:18h27m [2]
Declination:-23°38' [2]
Distance:1.75 AU
14.52 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
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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