New Horizons is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of New Horizons is 19h 14m 07s and the Declination is -20° 23’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).
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Additional information about New Horizons available on TheSkyLive:
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.
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.
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 7,520,941,269 kilometers, equivalent to 50.274387 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 58 minutes and 7.1597 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 25.550327 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.
|2021 Jan 17||19h 13m 28s||-20° 25’ 05”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 18||19h 13m 33s||-20° 24’ 56”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 19||19h 13m 38s||-20° 24’ 46”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 20||19h 13m 45s||-20° 24’ 36”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 21||19h 13m 50s||-20° 24’ 25”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 22||19h 13m 54s||-20° 24’ 15”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 23||19h 13m 59s||-20° 24’ 06”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 24||19h 14m 04s||-20° 23’ 57”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 25||19h 14m 09s||-20° 23’ 47”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 26||19h 14m 15s||-20° 23’ 36”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 27||19h 14m 20s||-20° 23’ 26”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 28||19h 14m 25s||-20° 23’ 17”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 29||19h 14m 30s||-20° 23’ 07”||N.A.||Sagittarius|
|2021 Jan 30||19h 14m 35s||-20° 22’ 57”||N.A.||Sagittarius|