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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 Ophiucus on December, 13 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
16h 52m 18s
-22° 14’ 32”
-3.93
 = 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: 112.2°
Max altitude: 16.3°
Azimuth: 247.8°

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 Dec 06 -3.91 16h 15m 01s -20° 41’ 03” Scorpius
2017 Dec 07 -3.91 16h 20m 17s -20° 56’ 17” Scorpius
2017 Dec 08 -3.92 16h 25m 35s -21° 10’ 54” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 09 -3.92 16h 30m 54s -21° 24’ 53” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 10 -3.92 16h 36m 12s -21° 38’ 16” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 11 -3.92 16h 41m 34s -21° 51’ 00” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 12 -3.92 16h 46m 54s -22° 03’ 06” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 13 -3.93 16h 52m 18s -22° 14’ 32” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 14 -3.93 16h 57m 41s -22° 25’ 18” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 15 -3.93 17h 03m 05s -22° 35’ 26” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 16 -3.93 17h 08m 30s -22° 44’ 52” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 17 -3.93 17h 13m 55s -22° 53’ 35” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 18 -3.94 17h 19m 22s -23° 01’ 40” Ophiucus
2017 Dec 19 -3.94 17h 24m 48s -23° 09’ 01” Ophiucus

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