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Mars

Object information

Mars is the fourth planet for distance from the Sun, and it is the second smallest planet in the Solar System.

This page shows the current location in the sky, and other relevant information about Mars in real time. The object's position is obtained from the JPL Horizons service which provides ephemerides for Solar System objects.

This finder chart shows an accurate view of the star field, simulating a telesopic view. It is obtained from the Digitized Sky Surcvey 2, which is a photographic archive covering large part of the sky.

The chart covers an area of 45x30 arc minutes, which is roughly equivalent of full Moon's apparent size.

Latest updates

A high precision photographic sky map showing the position of Mars in real time.

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 626888.917412h 50m 44s-03° 42’ 25”
StarHIP 628756.076412h 53m 11s-03° 33’ 11”
StarHIP 629156.329612h 53m 38s-04° 13’ 28”
StarHIP 630707.176212h 55m 21s-04° 30’ 15”
StarHIP 630997.6212h 55m 40s-03° 33’ 02”
GalaxyNGC 469111.712h 48m 13s-03° 19’ 59”
GalaxyNGC 467813.512h 49m 41s-04° 34’ 46”
GalaxyNGC 484314.012h 58m 00s-03° 37’ 18”

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.

About the data, and how to use it

TheSkyLive.com offers live information, ephemeris computations, astronomical sky charts for the most important Solar System objects. You can use the live position charts during your observation sessions, to point your telescope and identify the object on the sky background. The ephemeris computations feature can be used to plan your astronomical observations in the future.

Please note: we aim to provide high quality data obtained from the JPL Horizons ephemeris service. Please keep in mind that for objects like comets, there might be high discrepancies between the magnitude information we are showing here and the actual value. This happens because comets' magnitude is highly influenced by physical phenomena which can be hardly modelled and calculated in advance.

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