• Mars is the next planet out beyond Earth, but between us is an asteroid belt. Because of its position, Mars takes a lot longer to make its revolution around the sun, hence its year is longer.
  • It's farther away from the sun so it has to travel farther and moves slower due to the weaker gravity.
  • The earth spins on it's axis 1 degree every 24 hours. This is why there are 365 days in a year. The extra five days are for leap years. It takes 1 year for the world to spin in one whole and complete revolution.
  • I know that the Earth is about 93,000,000 miles from the Sun. I've got a suspicion, without looking it up, that Mars is about 150,000,000 miles from the Sun. I know that one of Kepler's law says that the cube of the distance is proportional to the square of the time. (but don't remember which one). 150/93 = 1.61 further from the Sun. cubed = 4.20 = proportional to square of the time ratio square rooted = 2.05 Therefore Mars takes about 2.05 times as long as Earth.
    • pugwashjw65
      Technically, very good...but my comment was generalized as to distance.. also, Mars may not be travelling through space at the same SPEED as would vary your 2.5.
  • Here's the quick and dirty version. Mars is further from the sun, and therefore the circumference of its orbit is much longer than that of the Earth. Now, doesn't that make a lot more sense than all the big words and scientific mumbo-jumbo. I like to "tell it like it is".
  • 3-20-2017 Duh, because it takes nearly twice as long to go around the sun.
  • This can be explained by distance....On the earth a ' year' is 365 days, 365 rotations of the earth itself... In that time the earth travels around the sun ONCE... For example...a million miles [ just a large figure] But with Mars, further out from the sun, for it to travel around the sun [ also ] ONCE...[ A Mars YEAR ] the distance travelled would be TWO million miles...Given the same speed, Mars would take TWICE as long from point to point...So one Mars year = two Earth years...if noted on a timepiece.
    • Mr PantsFellDown
      Okay that makes sense. But if the Earth has all that English on it as it travels around, then if the earth were a billiard ball, this would be a bank shot into the corner?
    • beaker95
      Controlling your balls is essential in any Galaxy.....
  • No no no, you're all wrong. The Martians stupidly divided their year into 24 months, not 12. So it's longer. *blink*
  • They have no cable....?
  • Yea, Beaker is on to something. The Martians are a boring lot, causing time to pass dramatically slower there. Why, they're so boring__________________ (fill in the blank)
    • beaker95
      "Even Ice Man seems interesting, in comparison"....(only joking, Big Fella)....
    • Mr PantsFellDown
      The Martians are so boring they think Saturday night really is for washing socks. They're so boring, when they have a party, the guests think the steak knives are for hari kari, and thank them for their thoughtfulness. Even their dogs won't hang out with them, they're so dull. In fact they're so abjectly uninteresting, the Martian newspapers haven't...Wait, that's not funny! *straightens tie* *goes full into Rodney Dangerfield mode..* I tell ya I get no respect. I went to a drive-in with this girl. She said, "you want to get in the back?" I said, "No. I want to stay up here with you!" *straightens bow tie* I tell ya. And those Martians are boring. I'll tell ya... They're so boring no one's even written any "Martians are boring" jokes I can steal online! *HOOK* Oh come on, I was just getting warmed up!....
    • beaker95
      Do you have to self-medicate just to stop your mind driving off a cliff....?
    • Mr PantsFellDown
      I used to! *sigh* But they said I was having too much fun, and took my brandy away. So now I just hit myself in the head with a pan and see all the nice stars. :|
    • beaker95
      Like Lindsay Lohan and Tanya Tucker....?

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