Can you see mars easily?



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    It depends where you are but due to the brightness of the planet it you can see it easily 30 minutes before or after sunset. In the link is information on how to locate planets.

  2. mle
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    After sunset Mars can be found above the eastern horizon starting in August.  The page below has links that explain when and where to find mars depending on where you are located.

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    You can easily see when it is visible in the sky – it’s visibly (and steadily) red.  This month, however, Mars is behind the sun (in relation to us), and is therefore not visible. It’s visibility does shift often, so I would recommend checking back with the site listed in the second link below. It’s an interactive sky chart.

    Below is a summary of Mars’ activity in 2011, including it’s visibility ( from here). Happy viewing!

    “Chronology of the 2011/2012 Mars Apparition

    Feb 4, 2011
    Mars in conjunction with the Sun from Earth, in Capricornus. Earth in superior conjunction with the Sun as seen from Mars. Distance 355 million km (2.3748 AU), apparent diameter 3.944″, brightness +1.08 mag. This conjunction, which also ends the 2009/2010 apparition of Mars, starts the 2012 apparition of Mars.
    Feb 11, 2011
    Mars at its greatest southern heliocentric ecliptic latitude (-1.8489 deg).
    Feb 19, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Capricornus and enters Aquarius.
    Mar 9, 2011
    Mars in Perihelion (1.38138 AU, 206.6 million km).
    Mar 25, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Aquarius and enters Pisces.
    Apr 9, 2011
    Northern Winter, Southern Summer Solstice on Mars.
    Apr 11, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Pisces and enters Cetus for a 2-day stay.
    Apr 13, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Cetus and re-enters Pisces.
    May 10, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Pisces and enters Aries.
    Jun 12, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Aries and enters Taurus.
    Jul 8, 2011
    Mars passes the Ascending Node of its orbit and will be North of the Ecliptic for 1/2 Mars year.
    Jul 27, 2011
    Moon occults Mars (Pacific, South America).
    Aug 3, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Taurus and enters Gemini.
    Aug 6, 2011
    Mars at minimal apparent visual brightness, +1.42 mag.
    Aug 31, 2011
    Mars comes closer than 2.0 AU.
    Sep 14, 2011
    Northern Spring, Southern Autumn Equinox on Mars.
    Sep 16, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Gemini and enters Cancer. Sep 21, 2011
    Apparent diameter of Mars exceeds 5″.
    Oct 19, 2011
    Mars leaves constellation Cancer and enters Leo.
    Nov 10, 2011
    Mars comes closer than 1.5 AU.
    Nov 11, 2011
    Apparent brightness of Mars exceeds +1.0 mag.
    Dec 16, 2011
    Apparent brightness of Mars exceeds +0.5 mag.”
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    Of all the planets, Mars and Saturn are the most easily seen with the naked eye.  Also visible are Venus and Jupiter, though these are more difficult to view in general because they are not as bright from Earth.

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