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):

StarHIP 174086.039403h 43m 47s+19° 39’ 54”
StarHIP 170266.477603h 39m 00s+20° 54’ 57”
StarHIP 175038.430203h 44m 52s+19° 49’ 50”
StarHIP 168968.687403h 37m 22s+18° 35’ 48”
StarHIP 168137.436403h 36m 24s+20° 04’ 03”
StarHIP 167377.416403h 35m 18s+18° 54’ 11”
StarHIP 170768.155403h 39m 33s+18° 23’ 07”
StarHIP 165518.085603h 33m 07s+19° 22’ 59”
StarHIP 168088.337803h 36m 21s+19° 33’ 33”
StarHIP 167018.530203h 34m 56s+19° 48’ 36”
StarHIP 173095.683603h 42m 18s+19° 42’ 01”
StarHIP 166627.983803h 34m 25s+20° 22’ 26”
StarHIP 168118.629603h 36m 23s+18° 21’ 43”
StarHIP 172348.10303h 41m 26s+19° 23’ 18”
StarHIP 173258.398803h 42m 29s+20° 09’ 00”
StarHIP 169617.664403h 38m 10s+19° 21’ 37”

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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