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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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New Horizons

Below the horizon.  Rise: 22:34 | Tran: 2:47 | Set: 6:55
Altitude: -51.9°   Azimuth: 45.1°   Direction: North-East

New Horizons is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius, at a distance of 8,708,271,008 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of New Horizons is 19h 18m 37s and the Declination is -20° 10’ 17” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom).

Finder chart of New Horizons in Sagittarius on June,14 2024
Map showing New Horizons in Sagittarius on June, 14 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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New Horizons is a NASA space probe launched in January 2006 with the mission to explore the dwarf planet Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, the outermost region of the Solar System beyond the orbit of Neptune. The spacecraft completed its flyby of Pluto in July 2015, providing detailed images and data of the dwarf planet's surface, atmosphere, and moons. It then continued its journey into the Kuiper Belt, where it conducted a flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, nicknamed "Ultima Thule," in January 2019, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a KBO. The New Horizons mission has provided valuable insights into the formation and evolution of the outer Solar System and expanded our knowledge of the icy bodies that reside there.

19h 18m 37s
-20° 10’ 17”

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

Azimuth: 110.2°
Max altitude: 18.3°
Azimuth: 249.8°

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Additional Resources

New Horizons Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of New Horizons
Map showing New Horizons in Sagittarius on June, 14 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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 18m 37s
Dec: -20° 10’ 17”
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 8,708,271,008 kilometers, equivalent to 58.211196 Astronomical Units. Light takes 8 hours, 4 minutes and 7.6654 seconds to travel from New Horizons and arrive to us.

8 hours, 4 minutes and 7.6654 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.

Chart of the distance of New Horizons from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 20 January 2006 and 31 December 2029, the closest approach of New Horizons to Earth happens on Fri Jan 20 2006 at a distance of 0.001369 Astronomical Units, or 204,840 kilometers:

Fri Jan 20 2006

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

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
2024 Jun 07 19h 19m 04s -20° 09’ 33” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 08 19h 19m 00s -20° 09’ 38” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 09 19h 18m 56s -20° 09’ 45” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 10 19h 18m 54s -20° 09’ 50” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 11 19h 18m 50s -20° 09’ 56” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 12 19h 18m 47s -20° 10’ 01” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 13 19h 18m 42s -20° 10’ 08” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 14 19h 18m 38s -20° 10’ 14” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 15 19h 18m 35s -20° 10’ 19” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 16 19h 18m 32s -20° 10’ 26” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 17 19h 18m 28s -20° 10’ 32” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 18 19h 18m 24s -20° 10’ 37” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 19 19h 18m 20s -20° 10’ 45” N.A. Sagittarius
2024 Jun 20 19h 18m 16s -20° 10’ 50” N.A. Sagittarius