Mars to be at nearest point from Sun on Sunday night

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The red planet "Mars" will be atperihelion (closest point to the Sun) on Sunday, September6, 2018, at 3:00 Pm Doha local time; where Mars on Sunday will be at 206Million Kilometers approximately from the sun's center; while it was at 249 Million Kilometers from the sun's center onSunday,October 8, 2017. Qatar Calendar house (QCH) announced.

Residents of Qatar country and most of Arabic area countries will have a good chance to seeing and observing Mars over southeast horizon from Sunset time till the time set of Mars over each country, moreover, the sunset time over Qatar sky on Sunday will be at 5:39Pm Doha local time, whereMar will appear over southeast horizon of Qatar sky at sunset time, then Mars will be moving to arrive its high point on the sky (40 degree) at 8:08 Pm Doha local time, then it will move towards west direction till its set time, where The time set of Mars over Qatar sky will be at 1:23 Am on Monday, September 7, Doha local time. Astronomer expert at QCH "Dr. Beshir Marzouk" said.



As known, Mars (and all planets) moves in its orbit around Sun on Ellipse (elliptical) orbit, so that Mars's distance from the Sun's center varies, where the distance betweenSun and Mars is 206 Million Kilometers when Mars at perihelion (nearest point), while it's become 249Million Kilometers when Mars at aphelion (outermost point), while the average distance between Mars and Sun is 227 Million Kilometers approximately. Dr. Beshir Marzouk added

The astronomer mentioned that the variation of the distance between Mars and Sun (perihelion and aphelion points) is an effect on Mars's surface heating and its brightness about 31% less and high heat at aphelion and perihelion points respectively.

For more information, Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and the most Earth-like planet in our solar system. It is about half the size of Earth and has a dry, rocky surface and a very thin atmosphere. Moreover, the north and south poles of Mars are covered by ice caps composed of frozen carbon dioxide and water.