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03/24/2020 – Ephemeris – Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation from the Sun today

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Ephemeris for Tuesday, March 24th. Today the Sun will be up for 12 hours and 23 minutes, setting at 8:01, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:35. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Today, around 6 p.m. the planet Venus will reach its greatest eastern elongation from the Sun. That means Venus will appear as far east of the Sun that it can get at an angle of 46.1 degrees. Venus, like Mercury orbits the Sun inside the Earth’s orbit, so is always seen close to the Sun. In telescopes Venus will look like a tiny first quarter Moon. That’s for the same reason. The Sun is illuminating half of the side we can see. Venus is moving directly toward us now, at a distance of 66.5 million miles (117 million km). As Venus approaches us, it will grow in size in telescopes, becoming larger in appearance than Jupiter the largest planet and a thinner and thinner crescent. It will leave the evening sky, passing between the Earth and the Sun, only 27 million miles (43 million km) away on June 3rd.

The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


Venus at greatest eastern elongation

Venus at greatest eastern elongation seen tonight at 8:20 p.m. The red line its orbit if we could see it tonight. Venus will be moving to the right and down in the coming days. Created using Stellarium.