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 full screen Online Planetarium)
Higher 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 7,043,158,666 kilometers, equivalent to 47.080608 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 31 minutes and 33.4485 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 25.55032736 Astronomical Units, or 3,822,274,576 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, 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!
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.
|2020 Mar 21||19h 16m 15s||-20° 18’ 48”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 22||19h 16m 18s||-20° 18’ 42”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 23||19h 16m 19s||-20° 18’ 37”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 24||19h 16m 22s||-20° 18’ 32”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 25||19h 16m 23s||-20° 18’ 25”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 26||19h 16m 24s||-20° 18’ 20”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 27||19h 16m 26s||-20° 18’ 15”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 28||19h 16m 27s||-20° 18’ 11”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 29||19h 16m 27s||-20° 18’ 06”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 30||19h 16m 29s||-20° 18’ 01”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Mar 31||19h 16m 31s||-20° 17’ 57”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Apr 01||19h 16m 31s||-20° 17’ 52”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Apr 02||19h 16m 32s||-20° 17’ 48”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2020 Apr 03||19h 16m 32s||-20° 17’ 44”||N.A.||Sagittarius|