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Venus at aphelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus's 225-day orbit around the Sun will carry it to its furthest point to the Sun – its aphelion – at a distance of 0.73 AU.

In practice, however, Venus's orbit is very close to circular; its distance from the Sun varies by only about 1.5% between perihelion and aphelion. This makes Venus's orbit more perfectly circular than that of any of the Solar System's other planets. As a result, its surface receives almost exactly the same amount of energy from the Sun at perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) and aphelion (furthest recess from the Sun).

The exact position of Venus at the moment it passes aphelion will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
Venus 00h58m10s +04°13' Pisces 15.2"
Sun 03h31m +19°03' Taurus 31'38"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Fairfield, Venus will be difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. It will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:56 (EDT) – 1 hour and 37 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 13° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:12.

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The sky on 16 May 2014
Sunrise
05:33
Sunset
20:04
Twilight ends
21:58
Twilight begins
03:38

17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

96%

17 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:32 14:12 21:52
Venus 03:57 10:15 16:33
Moon 22:15 02:10 07:04
Mars 15:54 21:48 03:46
Jupiter 09:01 16:30 23:59
Saturn 19:15 00:28 05:36
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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© NASA/Ricardo Nunes

Fairfield

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41.14°N
73.26°W
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