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Neptune Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Neptune is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Neptune in Aquarius on March, 29 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 56m 39s
-07° 40’ 22”
7.96
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Neptune Rise and Set Times

Today's Neptune rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 97.7°
Max altitude: 30.8°
Azimuth: 262.3°

Neptune Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Neptune computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Neptune in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Mar 22 7.96 22h 55m 42s -07° 45’ 56” Aquarius
2017 Mar 23 7.96 22h 55m 51s -07° 45’ 07” Aquarius
2017 Mar 24 7.96 22h 55m 59s -07° 44’ 20” Aquarius
2017 Mar 25 7.96 22h 56m 08s -07° 43’ 32” Aquarius
2017 Mar 26 7.96 22h 56m 16s -07° 42’ 43” Aquarius
2017 Mar 27 7.96 22h 56m 24s -07° 41’ 56” Aquarius
2017 Mar 28 7.96 22h 56m 31s -07° 41’ 08” Aquarius
2017 Mar 29 7.96 22h 56m 39s -07° 40’ 22” Aquarius
2017 Mar 30 7.96 22h 56m 47s -07° 39’ 34” Aquarius
2017 Mar 31 7.96 22h 56m 54s -07° 38’ 48” Aquarius
2017 Apr 01 7.96 22h 57m 02s -07° 38’ 02” Aquarius
2017 Apr 02 7.96 22h 57m 10s -07° 37’ 17” Aquarius
2017 Apr 03 7.96 22h 57m 17s -07° 36’ 30” Aquarius
2017 Apr 04 7.95 22h 57m 24s -07° 35’ 45” Aquarius

Distance of Neptune from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Neptune from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Neptune is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Neptune from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Neptune

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Neptune, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Neptune between January 2013 and January 2030

Neptune Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Neptune. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 49244 km 3.8647
Mass 102.41 x 1024 kg 17.1478
Density 1.638 gr/cm3 0.2971
Escape Velocity 23.56 km/s 2.1055
Sideral Rotation 16.1100 hours 0.6731
Absolute Magnitude -6.87
Geometric Albedo 0.41