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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 00h55m40s +03°58' Pisces 15.1"
Sun 03h27m +18°50' Taurus 31'38"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Ashburn, Venus will be difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 14° above the horizon. It will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:17 (EDT) – 1 hour and 40 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 14° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:37.

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The sky on 15 May 2022
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15-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


15 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:25 13:42 21:00
Venus 04:18 10:34 16:50
Moon 20:09 00:12 05:30
Mars 03:25 09:13 15:02
Jupiter 03:41 09:41 15:42
Saturn 02:12 07:27 12:42
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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