New Horizons Position
Simplified sky chart showing where New Horizons is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where New Horizons is right now (view fullscreen)
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
The distance of New Horizons from Earth is currently 7,025,635,798 kilometers, equivalent to 46.963475 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 30 minutes and 34.9985 seconds to travel from New Horizons and arrive to us.
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.
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 25.55032731 Astronomical Units, or 3,822,274,568 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
New Horizons rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of New Horizons touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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!
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.
|2019 Dec 07||19h 08m 08s||-20° 34’ 32”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 08||19h 08m 13s||-20° 34’ 24”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 09||19h 08m 18s||-20° 34’ 18”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 10||19h 08m 24s||-20° 34’ 10”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 11||19h 08m 29s||-20° 34’ 02”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 12||19h 08m 34s||-20° 33’ 56”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 13||19h 08m 39s||-20° 33’ 47”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 14||19h 08m 44s||-20° 33’ 41”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 15||19h 08m 49s||-20° 33’ 33”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 16||19h 08m 54s||-20° 33’ 24”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 17||19h 08m 59s||-20° 33’ 16”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 18||19h 09m 06s||-20° 33’ 08”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 19||19h 09m 11s||-20° 33’ 00”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2019 Dec 20||19h 09m 16s||-20° 32’ 52”||N.A.||Sagittarius|