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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 19h28m20s -23°08' Sagittarius 10.2"
Sun 18h21m -23°20' Sagittarius 32'31"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Seattle, Venus will not be observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 4° above the horizon at dusk.

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The sky on 26 December 2014
Sunrise
07:57
Sunset
16:23
Twilight ends
18:16
Twilight begins
06:04

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

30%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:53 12:56 16:59
Venus 09:04 13:17 17:29
Moon 10:55 16:38 22:21
Mars 10:22 15:07 19:53
Jupiter 20:12 03:29 10:41
Saturn 05:04 09:43 14:22
All times shown in PST.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

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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30 Apr 2015  –  Venus reaches highest point in evening sky
06 Jun 2015  –  Venus at dichotomy

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