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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 Aquarius on January, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 21m 03s
-03° 32’ 40”
-4.65
 = 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: 93.5°
Max altitude: 35.0°
Azimuth: 266.5°

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 Jan 16 -4.58 22h 57m 15s -06° 52’ 49” Aquarius
2017 Jan 17 -4.59 23h 00m 47s -06° 24’ 16” Aquarius
2017 Jan 18 -4.60 23h 04m 15s -05° 55’ 41” Aquarius
2017 Jan 19 -4.61 23h 07m 42s -05° 27’ 05” Aquarius
2017 Jan 20 -4.62 23h 11m 07s -04° 58’ 27” Aquarius
2017 Jan 21 -4.63 23h 14m 27s -04° 29’ 50” Aquarius
2017 Jan 22 -4.64 23h 17m 47s -04° 01’ 14” Aquarius
2017 Jan 23 -4.65 23h 21m 03s -03° 32’ 40” Aquarius
2017 Jan 24 -4.66 23h 24m 16s -03° 04’ 09” Pisces
2017 Jan 25 -4.67 23h 27m 28s -02° 35’ 42” Pisces
2017 Jan 26 -4.68 23h 30m 37s -02° 07’ 18” Pisces
2017 Jan 27 -4.69 23h 33m 42s -01° 39’ 02” Pisces
2017 Jan 28 -4.70 23h 36m 45s -01° 10’ 50” Pisces
2017 Jan 29 -4.71 23h 39m 45s -00° 42’ 47” Pisces

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

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