Venus at aphelion 2024: All you need to know

Venus at aphelion

The orbit of Venus around the sun is not perfectly circular. As a result, the distance of Venus from the sun changes over time.

Venus reaches aphelion, meaning it reaches the farthest point from the sun in its elliptical orbit. Here, aphelion comes from two words: apo, meaning far away, and helios, meaning sun, more specifically the god of the sun in Greek mythology.

The average distance of Venus from the sun is 108,210,000 km, and at aphelion, it is 108,941,000 km, according to NASA.

Venus takes about 225 days to orbit the sun once. So it reaches aphelion every 225 days in its orbit.

Next aphelion of Venus in 2024

Position of the Earth, Venus, and Sun in our solar system at the aphelion of Venus on October 29, 2024
Position of the Earth, Venus, and Sun in our solar system at the aphelion of Venus on October 29, 2024. (Image credit: NASA’s Eyes)

Venus will reach its next aphelion in 2024, on Tuesday, October 29, according to NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak.

Distance from the sun: During the aphelion, the distance of Venus from the sun will be 0.72820 A.U. or 108,937,169 km.

Distance from the earth: During the aphelion, the distance of Venus from the earth will be 1.19458 A.U. or 178,706,624 km.

Brightness: During the aphelion, Venus will shine with a magnitude of -3.8 in our sky.

Disk size: During the aphelion, the angular diameter of Venus will be 14 arcseconds.

Phase of Venus: During the aphelion, Venus will be in the waning gibbous phase and 78% illuminated.

Upcoming dates of aphelion of Venus

DateTime (UTC)Distance from the sun (A.U.)
March 19, 202417:000.72821
October 29, 20240.72820
June 12, 202503:000.72823
January 22, 202620:000.72824
Related article: All you need to know about Venus at perihelion in 2024 

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