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Venus Position

Venus is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension is 10h 21m 39s and the Declination is +11° 42’ 56”.

10h 21m 39s
+11° 42’ 56”

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 Leo on August, 23 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: 10h 21m 39s
Dec: +11° 42’ 56”
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 258,319,722 kilometers, equivalent to 1.726761 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 21.6618 seconds to travel from Venus and arrive to us.

258,319,722
1.726761
14 minutes and 21.6618 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 -3.96.

-3.96
9.7”

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: 77.9°
Max altitude: 50.4°
Azimuth: 281.8°
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 Aug 16 09h 43m 26s +15° 02’ 57” N.A. 9.6” Leo
2019 Aug 17 09h 48m 16s +14° 39’ 12” N.A. 9.6” Leo
2019 Aug 18 09h 53m 07s +14° 15’ 05” -3.97 9.6” Leo
2019 Aug 19 09h 57m 55s +13° 50’ 32” -3.97 9.6” Leo
2019 Aug 20 10h 02m 43s +13° 25’ 39” -3.97 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 21 10h 07m 29s +13° 00’ 23” -3.96 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 22 10h 12m 15s +12° 34’ 45” -3.96 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 23 10h 17m 00s +12° 08’ 48” -3.96 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 24 10h 21m 43s +11° 42’ 29” -3.96 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 25 10h 26m 27s +11° 15’ 52” -3.95 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 26 10h 31m 09s +10° 48’ 57” -3.95 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 27 10h 35m 51s +10° 21’ 45” -3.95 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 28 10h 40m 32s +09° 54’ 15” -3.94 9.7” Leo
2019 Aug 29 10h 45m 11s +09° 26’ 29” -3.94 9.7” Leo