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Venus Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Venus is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Venus in Virgo on October, 18 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
12h 17m 49s
-00° 15’ 50”
-3.87
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Venus Rise and Set Times

Today's Venus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 90.3°
Max altitude: 38.3°
Azimuth: 269.7°

Venus 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Oct 11 -3.87 11h 45m 51s +03° 07’ 33” Virgo
2017 Oct 12 -3.87 11h 50m 26s +02° 38’ 45” Virgo
2017 Oct 13 -3.87 11h 55m 00s +02° 09’ 51” Virgo
2017 Oct 14 -3.87 11h 59m 34s +01° 40’ 51” Virgo
2017 Oct 15 -3.87 12h 04m 08s +01° 11’ 47” Virgo
2017 Oct 16 -3.87 12h 08m 41s +00° 42’ 38” Virgo
2017 Oct 17 -3.87 12h 13m 15s +00° 13’ 24” Virgo
2017 Oct 18 -3.87 12h 17m 49s -00° 15’ 50” Virgo
2017 Oct 19 -3.87 12h 22m 24s -00° 45’ 06” Virgo
2017 Oct 20 -3.87 12h 26m 58s -01° 14’ 26” Virgo
2017 Oct 21 -3.87 12h 31m 33s -01° 43’ 45” Virgo
2017 Oct 22 -3.87 12h 36m 07s -02° 13’ 05” Virgo
2017 Oct 23 -3.87 12h 40m 42s -02° 42’ 24” Virgo
2017 Oct 24 -3.87 12h 45m 19s -03° 11’ 40” Virgo

Distance of Venus from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Venus from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

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

Distance of Venus from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Venus

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 2075

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