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Venus at perihelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus's 225-day orbit around the Sun will carry it to its closest point to the Sun – its perihelion – at a distance of 0.72 AU from the Sun.

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
Venus 09h05m50s +17°49' Cancer 9.6"
Sun 09h11m +16°14' Cancer 31'32"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Fairfield, Venus will not be readily observable since it will be very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 1° from it.

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The sky on 08 August 2019
Sunrise
05:54
Sunset
20:01
Twilight ends
21:49
Twilight begins
04:06

7-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

57%

7 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:25 11:38 18:52
Venus 05:44 12:52 20:01
Moon 14:40 19:44 00:13
Mars 06:34 13:30 20:27
Jupiter 15:55 20:35 01:20
Saturn 18:08 22:48 03:31
All times shown in EDT.

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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© NASA/Ricardo Nunes

Fairfield

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73.26°W
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