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New Horizons Position

New Horizons is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 08m 44s and the Declination is -20° 33’ 40”.

19h 08m 44s
-20° 33’ 40”

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)

Map showing New Horizons in Sagittarius on December, 14 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where New Horizons is right now (view fullscreen)

New Horizons
RA: 19h 08m 44s
Dec: -20° 33’ 40”
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

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.

6 hours, 30 minutes and 34.9985 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 25.55032731 Astronomical Units, or 3,822,274,568 kilometers:

Tue Jun 4 2013

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°
New Horizons is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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!

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
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