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 483008.079409h 50m 50s+14° 07’ 14”
StarHIP 481428.57609h 48m 51s+12° 31’ 20”
StarHIP 483618.945809h 51m 33s+12° 39’ 14”
StarHIP 479308.854409h 46m 02s+13° 27’ 00”
StarHIP 482986.857209h 50m 49s+11° 50’ 32”
StarHIP 483246.274409h 51m 01s+13° 03’ 58”
StarHIP 480607.402409h 47m 50s+13° 28’ 40”
StarHIP 481528.30809h 48m 55s+13° 44’ 46”
StarHIP 481618.373609h 49m 00s+12° 05’ 46”
GalaxyNGC 301613.709h 49m 51s+12° 41’ 40”
GalaxyNGC 302413.809h 50m 27s+12° 45’ 56”
GalaxyNGC 302012.909h 50m 06s+12° 48’ 53”

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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