Mars (Planet)

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From San Diego , Mars is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 11° above the horizon at dawn.

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Name Mars
Object type Superior planet
Current position
Computed for:13 April 2024
Right ascension:23h11m [2]
Declination:-06°35' [2]
Magnitude:1.16 (V) [1]
Angular diameter:4.6 arcsec[2]
Distance:2.04 AU
17.00 lightmin [2]
Angular motion (speed):47.15 arcmin/day[2]
Angular motion (pos ang):67.3°
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°
Absolute mag (H):-1.46 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
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.

04 May 2024  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
08 May 2024  –  Mars at perihelion
06 Dec 2024  –  Mars enters retrograde motion
18 Dec 2024  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
12 Jan 2025  –  Mars at perigee
13 Jan 2025  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition
09 Feb 2025  –  Lunar occultation of Mars
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