Reddish Mars’ perihelic opposition from the Sun occurred on 2018 JUL 26-27 with Mars in the sky all night in the constellation Capricornus at a declination 25.5° south of the celestial equator.
Apparent direct motion in right ascension resumed on 2018 AUG 28. Eastern quadrature (90° from Sun) was reached on DEC 02 long before conjunction behind the Sun on 2019 SEP 02.
Mars will appear near bright planets and stars on the following dates: Alcyone (Pleiades) 2019 MAR 31, Aldebaran APR 15, Elnath MAY 04, Castor JUN 16, Mercury JUN 18, Pollux JUN 21 & Mercury JUL 05.
The Moon will appear near Mars on 2019 APR 09, MAY 07, JUN 05, JUL 04 (occultation) & AUG 01.
NOTE: Event dates in this article are for North American Central Time.
* A meridian transit occurs when a celestial body crosses an observer’s local north-south line in the sky. That is practically simultaneous with culmination, i.e. the highest altitude for the day. The Mars meridian transit times in the above linked graph can be easily transformed for your location. The given times are nearly the same for the central meridians of all time zones, i.e. those evenly divisible by 15° such as 75°, 90°, 105° or 120°. Do not adjust to UT. Simply add to the chart time 4 minutes for each degree west of a central meridian, or subtract 4 minutes for each degree to the east. If on daylight savings time, add an hour.
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