James Webb Space Telescope
James Webb Space Telescope is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension of James Webb Space Telescope is 17h 47m 34s and the Declination is -25° 16’ 10” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).
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James Webb Space Telescope Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide James Webb Space Telescope finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where James Webb Space Telescope is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is James Webb Space Telescope?, a page that provides all the information needed to find James Webb Space Telescope in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
James Webb Space Telescope Distance from Earth
The distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth is currently 1,569,917 kilometers, equivalent to 0.010494 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5.2367 seconds to travel from James Webb Space Telescope and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of James Webb Space Telescope 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.
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 James Webb Space Telescope from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of James Webb Space Telescope to Earth
Between December 2021 and May 2024, the closest approach of James Webb Space Telescope to Earth happens on Sun Dec 26 2021 at a distance of 0.000894 Astronomical Units, or 133,698 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
James Webb Space Telescope rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of James Webb Space Telescope touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Visualization of James Webb Space Telescope Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of James Webb Space Telescope with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of James Webb Space Telescope and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!
James Webb Space Telescope 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of James Webb Space Telescope computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate James Webb Space Telescope in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2022 May 12||17h 14m 23s||-20° 24’ 25”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 13||17h 18m 47s||-21° 02’ 47”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 14||17h 23m 07s||-21° 40’ 14”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 15||17h 27m 21s||-22° 16’ 50”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 16||17h 31m 32s||-22° 52’ 32”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 17||17h 35m 36s||-23° 27’ 24”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 18||17h 39m 37s||-24° 01’ 22”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 19||17h 43m 32s||-24° 34’ 29”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2022 May 20||17h 47m 20s||-25° 06’ 47”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2022 May 21||17h 51m 01s||-25° 38’ 17”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2022 May 22||17h 54m 34s||-26° 09’ 01”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2022 May 23||17h 58m 01s||-26° 38’ 58”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2022 May 24||18h 01m 21s||-27° 08’ 12”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2022 May 25||18h 04m 32s||-27° 36’ 46”||N.A.||Sagittarius|