The Sun is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of The Sun is 09h 40m 16s and the Declination is +13° 56’ 16” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of The Sun is -26.71 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about The Sun [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
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Additional information about The Sun available on TheSkyLive:
Are There Sunspots Today?
Here is a recent image of the Sun's surface showing the current sunspot activity:
The Sun Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide The Sun finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where The Sun is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is The Sun?, a page that provides all the information needed to find The Sun in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
The Sun Distance from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of The Sun from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Sun from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of The Sun to Earth
Between January 1900 and January 2100 the closest approach of The Sun to Earth happens on Thu Jan 3 1901 at a distance of 0.98319152 Astronomical Units, or 147,083,358 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
The Sun brightness
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of The Sun, 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.
The Sun rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of The Sun touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
The Sun Physical Data
The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of The Sun. Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Physical Parameter||Value||Relative to Earth|
|Mass||1989000 x 1024 kg||333,043.6574|
|Escape Velocity||618.02 km/s||55.2297|
|Sideral Rotation||587.2800 hours||24.5370|
The Sun 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of The Sun computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate The Sun in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|Date||Right AscensionR.A.||DeclinationDec.||MagnitudeMag||Apparent DiameterDiameter||Constellation|
|2020 Aug 08||09h 12m 23s||+16° 08’ 48”||-26.71||1,892.4”||Cancer|
|2020 Aug 09||09h 16m 10s||+15° 51’ 38”||-26.71||1,892.7”||Cancer|
|2020 Aug 10||09h 19m 59s||+15° 34’ 14”||-26.71||1,893.0”||Cancer|
|2020 Aug 11||09h 23m 45s||+15° 16’ 36”||-26.71||1,893.3”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 12||09h 27m 33s||+14° 58’ 41”||-26.71||1,893.6”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 13||09h 31m 18s||+14° 40’ 33”||-26.71||1,893.9”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 14||09h 35m 04s||+14° 22’ 10”||-26.71||1,894.2”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 15||09h 38m 49s||+14° 03’ 34”||-26.71||1,894.5”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 16||09h 42m 34s||+13° 44’ 44”||-26.71||1,894.9”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 17||09h 46m 18s||+13° 25’ 42”||-26.72||1,895.2”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 18||09h 50m 02s||+13° 06’ 26”||-26.72||1,895.6”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 19||09h 53m 44s||+12° 46’ 59”||-26.72||1,895.9”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 20||09h 57m 28s||+12° 27’ 18”||-26.72||1,896.3”||Leo|
|2020 Aug 21||10h 01m 09s||+12° 07’ 26”||-26.72||1,896.7”||Leo|