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Venus at aphelion

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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 16h56m20s -24°20' Ophiuchus 14.0"
Sun 14h22m -14°12' Libra 32'13"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Ashburn, Venus will be difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. It will become visible around 18:26 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 13° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 54 minutes after the Sun at 20:02.

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The sky on 31 October 2016
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:51 13:03 18:16
Venus 10:50 15:27 20:04
Moon 08:21 13:41 19:02
Mars 13:30 18:12 22:54
Jupiter 05:19 11:11 17:03
Saturn 10:30 15:20 20:11
All times shown in EDT.


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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