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New Horizons

New Horizons is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of New Horizons is 19h 07m 28s and the Declination is -20° 33’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).

Summary of key facts about New Horizons [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

19h 07m 28s
-20° 33’ 42”
Sagittarius

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New Horizons Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide New Horizons 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.

Map showing New Horizons in Sagittarius on October, 23 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing New Horizons in Sagittarius on October, 23 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where New Horizons is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

New Horizons
RA: 19h 07m 28s
Dec: -20° 33’ 42”
Deep sky finder chart for New Horizons
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is New Horizons?, a page that provides all the information needed to find New Horizons in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

New Horizons Distance from Earth

The distance of New Horizons from Earth is currently 7,303,213,831 kilometers, equivalent to 48.818969 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 46 minutes and 0.8991 seconds to travel from New Horizons and arrive to us.

7,303,213,831
48.818969
6 hours, 46 minutes and 0.8991 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of New Horizons 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 New Horizons from Earth between January 2013 and January 2025

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 New Horizons from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of New Horizons to Earth

Between January 2013 and January 2025, the closest approach of New Horizons to Earth happens on Tue Jun 4 2013 at a distance of 25.550327 Astronomical Units, or 3,822,274,576 kilometers:

Tue Jun 4 2013
3,822,274,576
25.550327

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

New Horizons rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's New Horizons rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 110.6°
Max altitude: 18.0°
Azimuth: 249.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of New Horizons 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 New Horizons Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of New Horizons with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of New Horizons 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!

Orbit Diagram of New Horizons

New Horizons 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of New Horizons computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate New Horizons in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 16 19h 07m 18s -20° 33’ 41” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 17 19h 07m 19s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 18 19h 07m 20s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 19 19h 07m 22s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 20 19h 07m 23s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 21 19h 07m 24s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 22 19h 07m 27s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 23 19h 07m 27s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 24 19h 07m 29s -20° 33’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 25 19h 07m 32s -20° 33’ 41” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 26 19h 07m 33s -20° 33’ 41” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 27 19h 07m 36s -20° 33’ 39” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 28 19h 07m 37s -20° 33’ 38” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Oct 29 19h 07m 40s -20° 33’ 37” N.A. Sagittarius