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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 04h19m00s 23°16'N Taurus 15.4"
Sun 01h39m +10°21' Pisces 31'52"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Fairfield, Venus will become visible around 19:55 (EDT), 32° above your western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 29 minutes after the Sun at 23:04.

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The sky on 17 April 2023
Sunrise
06:11
Sunset
19:35
Twilight ends
21:15
Twilight begins
04:31

27-day old moon
Waning Crescent

6%

27 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:42 13:55 21:09
Venus 08:02 15:34 23:06
Moon 05:09 10:54 16:50
Mars 10:24 18:03 01:42
Jupiter 06:07 12:38 19:09
Saturn 04:14 09:37 15:00
All times shown in EDT.

Source

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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© NASA/Ricardo Nunes

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