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Venus Position

Venus is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 17h 15m 46s and the Declination is -24° 04’ 04”.

17h 15m 46s
-24° 04’ 04”

Simplified sky chart showing where Venus is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Venus in Ophiucus on November, 18 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Venus is right now (view fullscreen)

Venus
RA: 17h 15m 46s
Dec: -24° 04’ 04”
Deep sky finder chart for Venus
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Venus?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Venus in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Venus Distance

The distance of Venus from Earth is currently 223,862,906 kilometers, equivalent to 1.496431 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 26.7263 seconds to travel from Venus and arrive to us.

223,862,906
1.496431
12 minutes and 26.7263 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Venus from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Venus from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Venus from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Venus to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Venus to Earth happens on Thu Dec 20 2085 at a distance of 0.26433101 Astronomical Units, or 39,543,357 kilometers:

Thu Dec 20 2085
39,543,357
0.264331

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Venus brightness

The current visual magnitude of Venus is -3.85.

-3.85
11.2”

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Venus, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Venus between January 2013 and December 2100

Venus rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Venus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 114.1°
Max altitude: 14.4°
Azimuth: 245.9°
Venus is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Venus touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Venus Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Venus. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 12103.6 km 0.9499
Mass 4.86732 x 1024 kg 0.8150
Density 5.243 gr/cm3 0.9510
Escape Velocity 10.36 km/s 0.9258
Sideral Rotation -5,832.4320 hours -243.6833
Absolute Magnitude -4.47
Geometric Albedo 0.65

Venus 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Venus computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Venus in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Apparent DiameterDiameter Constellation
2019 Nov 11 16h 37m 41s -22° 49’ 33” -3.85 10.9” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 12 16h 43m 00s -23° 02’ 08” -3.85 11.0” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 13 16h 48m 20s -23° 14’ 02” -3.85 11.0” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 14 16h 53m 40s -23° 25’ 15” -3.85 11.0” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 15 16h 59m 03s -23° 35’ 48” -3.85 11.1” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 16 17h 04m 24s -23° 45’ 38” -3.85 11.1” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 17 17h 09m 47s -23° 54’ 47” -3.85 11.1” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 18 17h 15m 11s -24° 03’ 12” -3.85 11.1” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 19 17h 20m 36s -24° 10’ 55” -3.85 11.2” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 20 17h 26m 02s -24° 17’ 56” -3.86 11.2” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 21 17h 31m 27s -24° 24’ 11” -3.86 11.2” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 22 17h 36m 53s -24° 29’ 44” -3.86 11.3” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 23 17h 42m 20s -24° 34’ 32” -3.86 11.3” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 24 17h 47m 48s -24° 38’ 35” -3.86 11.3” Sagittarius