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Position of Mars in the Sky

The current position of Mars is computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements). It is important to be aware that for objects like comets there might be large discrepancies between the predicted magnitude and the real one. This happens because comets magnitude is highly influenced by physical phenomena which can be hardly modelled and calculated in advance.

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to Mars (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 734337.717615h 00m 22s-18° 37’ 38”
StarHIP 735147.841615h 01m 30s-18° 48’ 11”
StarHIP 736366.841215h 03m 06s-17° 37’ 58”
StarHIP 73649015h 03m 17s-17° 35’ 42”
StarHIP 737517.751815h 04m 30s-17° 54’ 13”
StarHIP 737538.588615h 04m 32s-17° 54’ 13”
StarHIP 739047.539815h 06m 14s-19° 22’ 38”
StarHIP 739958.300815h 07m 17s-20° 13’ 22”
StarHIP 741728.343815h 09m 20s-18° 00’ 53”
StarHIP 74174015h 09m 20s-19° 57’ 42”
StarHIP 742327.899215h 10m 11s-18° 03’ 25”
StarHIP 743916.342415h 12m 12s-19° 06’ 23”
GalaxyESO 581-1613.715h 01m 42s-19° 17’ 23”
GalaxyNGC 581014.015h 02m 42s-17° 52’ 02”
GalaxyNGC 586313.715h 10m 47s-18° 25’ 49”

Additional resources

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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