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Martian season lengths and time as compared to seasons on the Earth.

Various schemes have been used or proposed for timekeeping on the planet Mars independently of Earth time and calendars.

Mars has an axial tilt and a rotation period similar to those of Earth. Thus it experiences seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter much like Earth, and its day is about the same length. Its year is almost twice as long as Earth's, and its orbital eccentricity is considerably larger, which means among other things that the lengths of various Martian seasons differ considerably, and sundial time can diverge from clock time much more than on Earth.


Timekeeping on Mars sections
Intro   Time of day   [[Timekeeping_on_Mars?section=_Sols_{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_| Sols {{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} ]]  [[Timekeeping_on_Mars?section=_Martian_year_{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_| Martian year {{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} ]]   Martian calendars in science    Martian time in fiction    Formulas to compute MSD and MTC    See also    References    External links   

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Martian season lengths and time as compared to seasons on the Earth.

Various schemes have been used or proposed for timekeeping on the planet Mars independently of Earth time and calendars.

Mars has an axial tilt and a rotation period similar to those of Earth. Thus it experiences seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter much like Earth, and its day is about the same length. Its year is almost twice as long as Earth's, and its orbital eccentricity is considerably larger, which means among other things that the lengths of various Martian seasons differ considerably, and sundial time can diverge from clock time much more than on Earth.


Timekeeping on Mars sections
Intro   Time of day   [[Timekeeping_on_Mars?section=_Sols_{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_| Sols {{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} ]]  [[Timekeeping_on_Mars?section=_Martian_year_{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_| Martian year {{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} ]]   Martian calendars in science    Martian time in fiction    Formulas to compute MSD and MTC    See also    References    External links   

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