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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 Libra on December, 15 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
14h 26m 52s
-11° 32’ 45”
32.8”
-4.79

Venus Rise and Set Times

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

Azimuth: 101.5°
Max altitude: 26.9°
Azimuth: 258.4°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Apparent DiameterDiameter Constellation
2018 Dec 08 14h 05m 59s -10° 24’ 28” -4.84 36.5” Virgo
2018 Dec 09 14h 08m 43s -10° 32’ 25” -4.83 35.9” Virgo
2018 Dec 10 14h 11m 30s -10° 40’ 55” -4.83 35.4” Virgo
2018 Dec 11 14h 14m 21s -10° 49’ 59” -4.82 34.9” Virgo
2018 Dec 12 14h 17m 16s -10° 59’ 34” -4.81 34.4” Virgo
2018 Dec 13 14h 20m 15s -11° 09’ 37” -4.80 33.9” Virgo
2018 Dec 14 14h 23m 17s -11° 20’ 07” -4.80 33.4” Libra
2018 Dec 15 14h 26m 22s -11° 31’ 01” -4.79 32.9” Libra
2018 Dec 16 14h 29m 32s -11° 42’ 20” -4.78 32.4” Libra
2018 Dec 17 14h 32m 45s -11° 53’ 58” -4.77 32.0” Libra
2018 Dec 18 14h 36m 02s -12° 05’ 58” -4.76 31.5” Libra
2018 Dec 19 14h 39m 20s -12° 18’ 16” -4.75 31.1” Libra
2018 Dec 20 14h 42m 43s -12° 30’ 52” -4.74 30.7” Libra
2018 Dec 21 14h 46m 09s -12° 43’ 42” -4.73 30.2” Libra

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