In January, the planet apparently moved through constellation Virgo and brightened from +1.0 to +0.5 magnitudes visually, its apparent diameter growing to 8". A slight Mars phase was visible, as only 90 percent of the visible side of the planet was illuminated by the Sun. Observers on Earth were looking on the Northern hemisphere, the planetīs Sub-Earth latitude being +17 deg. The planet rose shortly after midnight at end of this month.
In February, Mars moved into Libra. Its brightness will rise to -0.2 visual magnitudes, its diameter to 10".
In March, the Red Planet became stationary in Libra on the 18th, brightening up to -1.0 visual magnitudes and growing to 14.0" apparent diameter. It will rise shortly after 11 pm on 1st and before 9:30 pm on 31st of the month.
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Last Modification: February 13, 1999