Mars

Nasa Mars



MARS IN MAY

Use our interactive sky map HERE to find out if you can see Mars right now!


Warning!

Be careful when viewing Mars if it is close to the Sun. The Sun can damage your eyes so ensure it has not risen before attempting to view Mars. Never look at the Sun through a telescope without using a special solar filter. Even catching a quick glimpse of it whilst searching for a nearby planet could cause irreparable damage.


A bit about Mars

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, it is also known as the ‘Red Planet’; it gets red colour from the iron found in its surface. 

Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Mars is home to Olympus Mons the tallest mountain known in the solar system!


Equipment needed

No fancy equipment needed to view Mars, it can be seen with the naked eye!

Mars is a difficult planet to observe! It will look very small in a telescope making it’s features difficult to see. Don’t let that stop you though, it’s still possible to view and image.


When & where to see Mars this month

Mars is a morning object this month. It rises around 02:40 in the South East at the start of the month, and around 1:40 later in the month. It is lost to the Sun in the South around 5.00 at the start of the month, and around 4:30 towards the end of the month.

Saturn can be seen to the right of Mars for most of the month!

This image shows the location of Mars at 04:00am on the 14th of May.

This image is a screen shot from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software.

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