Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Inner Planets feed
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 position of Venus at the moment it passes perihelion will be:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
From Seattle, Venus will become visible at around 21:01 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 20° above your western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 43 minutes after the Sun at 23:20.
|The sky on 15 May 2018|
29 days old
All times shown in PDT.
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.
|13 Aug 2017||– Venus reaches highest point in morning sky|
|21 May 2018||– Venus reaches highest point in evening sky|
|17 Aug 2018||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|08 Dec 2018||– Venus reaches highest point in morning sky|
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