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 653328.413613h 23m 25s-09° 24’ 25”
StarHIP 648657.185613h 17m 44s-08° 43’ 59”
StarHIP 650788.698613h 20m 22s-09° 03’ 34”
StarHIP 652508.465613h 22m 18s-08° 41’ 58”
StarHIP 652328.637613h 22m 05s-09° 03’ 34”
StarHIP 654808.026613h 25m 14s-08° 47’ 09”
StarHIP 650308.450213h 19m 47s-09° 06’ 20”
StarHIP 646888.031413h 15m 30s-08° 03’ 19”
StarHIP 649118.981213h 18m 18s-09° 34’ 35”
GalaxyPGC 4638214.013h 18m 40s-08° 26’ 45”

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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