The planet Venus

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From Washington , Venus is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:02 (MDT) – 2 hours and 54 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 29° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:38.

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Name Venus
Object Type Inferior Planet
Current Position
Constellation:Virgo
Magnitude:-4.02 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):-4.34 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
Right ascension:12h01m [2]
Declination:+01°31' [2]
Distance:1.25 AU
10.37 lightmin [2]
Orbital Elements [2]
Semi-major axis:0.72 AU
Eccentricity:0.006773
Inclination:3.39°
Longitude ascending node:76.68°
Argument of perihelion:54.85°
Epoch of elements:01 January 2000
Mean Anomaly at epoch:50.45°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.72 AU
Aphelion:0.73 AU
Orbital period:0.62 years
Sources
[1] Robin M. Green, Spherical Astronomy, 1985, ISBN 0-521-31779-7
[2] Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac. 1992. K. P. Seidelmann, Ed., p.316
Visibility from Washington

All times shown in Washington local time.

Events
30 Oct 2020  –  Venus at perihelion
12 Dec 2020  –  Lunar occultation of Venus
20 Feb 2021  –  Venus at aphelion
26 Mar 2021  –  Venus at superior solar conjunction
28 Mar 2021  –  Venus at greatest brightness
12 Jun 2021  –  Venus at perihelion
02 Oct 2021  –  Venus at aphelion
28 Oct 2021  –  Venus at dichotomy
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