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 1015257.8120h 34m 27s-19° 23’ 52”
StarHIP 1019844.990820h 40m 02s-18° 08’ 18”
StarHIP 1015068.379820h 34m 10s-19° 17’ 16”
StarHIP 1019227.716820h 39m 15s-19° 16’ 42”
StarHIP 1020468.206420h 40m 49s-18° 47’ 29”
StarHIP 1012498.195620h 31m 24s-18° 04’ 54”
StarHIP 1011235.89220h 29m 53s-18° 34’ 58”
StarHIP 1011206.658620h 29m 52s-18° 35’ 10”
StarHIP 1015968.329820h 35m 24s-17° 47’ 17”
StarHIP 1016218.23520h 35m 43s-19° 05’ 08”
StarHIP 1020608.427620h 40m 58s-17° 47’ 44”
StarHIP 1014058.639820h 33m 03s-19° 18’ 18”
GalaxyESO 597-613.020h 32m 18s-19° 43’ 59”

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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