What Is Mars' Distance From the Sun?


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Mars' distance from the sun can be determined from two different points: from the closest point and farthest point in its orbit. The average distance may also be computed. The average distance between planet Mars and the sun is 228 million kilometers.

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Mars, like the rest of the planets in the solar system, revolves around the sun in an elliptical orbit. When Mars reaches the point where it is closest to the sun in its orbit, the distance between them is 207 million kilometers. When it is at its farthest point, the distance between Mars and the sun is 249 million kilometers. One Mars year is equivalent to 687 Earth days or 669 Martian days.

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