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 496374.228610h 07m 54s+09° 59’ 51”
StarHIP 493007.81810h 03m 46s+12° 07’ 19”
StarHIP 496691.407210h 08m 22s+11° 58’ 01”
StarHIP 495278.184410h 06m 44s+11° 10’ 41”
StarHIP 493287.139410h 04m 08s+11° 37’ 42”
StarHIP 501107.934210h 13m 50s+10° 50’ 31”
StarHIP 499257.617210h 11m 35s+12° 02’ 11”
GalaxyPGC 2948811.110h 08m 27s+12° 18’ 26”
GalaxyUGC 545613.710h 07m 19s+10° 21’ 43”

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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