Exploring Mars

By: Jordan Sinclair

Day and Night

Mars rotates once on its axis every 24hrs and 39mins causing day and night. It will be day when a side of mars is facing the sun and night when a part of mars is not facing the sun.


Mars is different than earth years because Mars is closer to the Sun making it rotate around the Sun slower but it is similar because it is tilted on its axis causing it to have day and night and eclipses. Mars' years are recorded with the Period of Rotation. Mars revolves around the sun once every 687 days.


Mars has 25 degree tilt on its axis. For seasons to occur the planet needs to have a tilt on its axis. Mars also revolves around the sun causing night on one part of the planet and day on the other half giving it colder weather and warmer weather making summer, winter, spring, and fall occur.

Phases of the Moon

Mars will have phases of the moons because Phobos and Deimos revolve around mars causing waning and waxing. This can also make a difference in its gravity because they rotate at different points and can see the moon and its phases during day and night.


Mars has no bodies of water or water in general other than frozen water under the surface causing no tides. Mars will have no tides or running water.


Mars will have eclipses because the moons revolve around the planet. Because mars revolves around the sun and the moons revolve around mars at different points this can cause eclipses because a moon can line up either behind mars or in front of mars causing a shadow.

Similarities and Diffrences

Mars and Earth relate to each other because they both orbit the sun and have a moon. They are different from each other because Mars has no running water to cause tides and no life as we know so far. They are mainly similar because mars has the recourse to survive like we do on earth.

Get to Mars by Going Through the Stars