On average, Mars is 227,936,640 kilometers from the sun, or 1.5237 astronomical units. Its closest point to the sun, or perihelion, is 205 million kilometers, or 127 million miles (1.38 AU) according to UniverseToday.com. Its farthest point, or aphelion, is 249 million kilometers, or 155 million miles (1.66 AU).Know More
Mars has an elliptical and eccentric orbit. It takes 687 Earth days to complete one year on Mars. This means Mars' orbit period equals 1.881 Earth years.
Phobos and Deimus are the names of the two moons surrounding Mars. The names of these moons represent "fear" and "dread" in Greek mythology, as the sons of the god of war, Ares, or the Roman god, Mars.
Mars was discovered in 1877. With its reddish color, it can easily be recognized with the naked eye in the night sky.Learn More
According to NASA, Mars is about 142 million miles from the sun. A day on Mars is slightly longer than 24 hours, and the planet takes 687 Earth days to orbit the sun.Full Answer >
Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has interested people for thousands of years, according to BBC News. However, whereas the people of ancient Greece and Rome found Mars fascinating for its red color, people today are more interested in finding water on the planet.Full Answer >
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and the seventh largest at 227,940,000 kilometers, according to the University of Central Florida. The size and close proximity of Mars render it visible in the night sky, especially at certain points during its orbit.Full Answer >
Mars is the second smallest planet in the solar system, with a diameter of just over 4,212 miles and a circumference of 13,256 miles. Its diameter is about 53 percent that of the Earth. Among the major planets, only Mercury is smaller.Full Answer >