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Sun live position and data

This page shows The Sun location and other relevant astronomical data in real time. The celestial coordinates, magnitude, distances and speed are updated in real time and are computed using high quality data sets provided by the JPL Horizons ephemeris service (see acknowledgements for details). The sky map shown below represents a rectangular portion of the sky 60x40 arcminutes wide. By comparison the diameter of the full Moon is about 30 arcmins, so the full horizontal extent of the map is approximately 2 full Moons wide. Depending on the device you are using, the map can be dragged horizondally or vertically using the mouse or touchscreen. The deep sky image in the background is provided by the Digitized Sky Survey (acknowledgements).

Current close conjunctions

List of bright objects (stars brighter than magnitude 9.0 and galaxies brighter than magmitude 14.0) close to The Sun (less than 1.5 degrees):

TypeNameMagnitudeArDec
StarHIP 778115.035415h 53m 20s-20° 10’ 01”
StarHIP 778548.615615h 53m 52s-20° 18’ 53”
StarHIP 780828.416815h 56m 37s-20° 25’ 49”
StarHIP 781238.760215h 57m 08s-21° 34’ 49”
StarHIP 781297.121215h 57m 12s-21° 29’ 08”
StarHIP 781685.838215h 57m 40s-20° 58’ 58”
StarHIP 784677.016816h 01m 05s-21° 09’ 20”
StarHIP 785518.219616h 02m 15s-19° 27’ 08”
StarHIP 786287.289616h 03m 07s-19° 50’ 26”
StarHIP 786818.186816h 03m 43s-19° 34’ 30”
StarHIP 787027.786616h 04m 00s-19° 46’ 02”
StarHIP 787698.931616h 04m 51s-20° 18’ 25”
StarHIP 788437.28516h 05m 40s-20° 26’ 57”

Additional resources

Additional Resources about The Sun

Astronomy databases

This online sky chart is created using the following astronomy databases and services:

  1. The Digitized Sky Survey, a photographic survey of the whole sky created using images from different telescopes, including the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain
  2. The Hipparcos Star Catalogue, containing more than 100.000 bright stars
  3. The PGC 2003 Catalogue, containing information about 1 million galaxies
  4. The GSC 2.3 Catalogue, containing information about more than 2 billion stars and galaxies
Please see the acknowledgements section.

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