Monday, March 26, 2012

Mars is Still a Good Show

This year's opposition of the planet Mars took place back on March 3rd. Even so, there is still time to get a good look at the Red Planet. Looking overhead at local midnight, you can find this orange-colored body shining at -0.83 magnitude in the constellation Leo, the Lion. Mars is currently 0.722 Astronomical Units away, or 6 minutes away at speed of light.

The above image depicts the planet Mars (red and white symbol) in the constellation Leo. (The image was produced using Your Sky software by John Walker, available online at )


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