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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 13h33m30s -13°47' Virgo 31.0"
Sun 10h55m +06°52' Leo 31'43"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Ashburn, Venus will be difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 12° above the horizon. It will become visible at around 19:49 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 30 minutes after the Sun at 21:01.

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The sky on 05 September 2018
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent


25 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:30 12:17 19:04
Venus 10:28 15:45 21:01
Moon 01:59 09:14 16:29
Mars 17:46 22:18 02:53
Jupiter 12:03 17:11 22:20
Saturn 15:35 20:19 01:07
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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