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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 04h32m20s +17°22' Taurus 36.9"
Sun 07h20m +22°09' Gemini 31'27"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Ashburn, Venus will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:25 (EDT) – 2 hours and 29 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 23° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:33.

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The sky on 10 July 2020
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19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


19 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:10 12:17 19:24
Venus 03:25 10:27 17:29
Moon 23:52 05:26 11:00
Mars 00:24 06:26 12:28
Jupiter 20:42 01:34 06:21
Saturn 21:05 02:01 06:54
All times shown in EDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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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