Mars Ephemeris Generator Help

This form enables you to generate a table listing useful information about the viewing geometry for Mars and/or any of its moons as a function of time. You are free to specify which of a variety of useful quantities to tabulate. The file returned will contain a single header line describing each column, followed by one row of numbers for each time step.

Change History

2.0 (9 November 1999): Original Mars Ephemeris Generator on line. (The version number was chosen for consistency with other tools.)
2.1 (10 January 2003): Added a new column option providing second accuracy in time tags.
2.2 (December 1, 2009): Updated the default ephemerides. To reduce confusion, we have removed the choice about what ephemeris to use.
2.5 (January 23, 2013): Raised the maximum number of output lines to 10,000. Renumbered for consistency across all the Ephemeris Generator tools. Ephemeris updates.
2.6 (January 4, 2016): Ported to new server. Ephemeris updates.
2.7 (October 14, 2020): Ephemeris updates.
2.8 (June 20, 2021): Ephemeris updates.

3.0 (August 2, 2022): Major new features:

Time Limits

The start and stop times (UTC) of the table can be entered in a variety of formats. For example, the following all parse to 0:01:02 UTC on July 4, 1976: If you want the gory details of how times are interpreted, click here.

Enter the time interval to be used for the tabulation as a number in the box, and select the time unit from the choices provided.

Viewpoint

You may specify the point of view of the diagram. By default, the point of view is the center of the Earth.

Observatory: You may select from any viewpoint on the list.

Latitude & Longitude: If your desired observatory or location is not on the observatory list, you can enter its latitude, longitude and altitude in the three boxes provided. Latitudes and longitudes can each be specified by up to three values, interpreted as degrees, minutes and seconds. Longitudes can be specified either east or west.

If you wish to have an observatory added to the standard list, or to refine the coordinates of a listed observatory, email the necessary information to pds-admin@seti.org.

General Column Selection

Click on the box to the left of each quantity or set of quantities that you wish to tabulate. The order of the columns in the table will match the order listed on the form. Possible selections are as follows:

Moon Column Selection

You may also include the positions of any set of moons in the table. Any of these quantities can be tabulated for each moon:

Moon Selection

Click on the box to the left of each moon that you wish to include in the table. Note that it is not necessary to include any moon columns at all.


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Last updated August 3, 2022