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Parker Solar Probe Position

Parker Solar Probe is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension is 12h 58m 01s and the Declination is -06° 05’ 46”.

12h 58m 01s
-06° 05’ 46”

Simplified sky chart showing where Parker Solar Probe is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Parker Solar Probe in Virgo on September, 15 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 Parker Solar Probe is right now (view fullscreen)

Parker Solar Probe
RA: 12h 58m 01s
Dec: -06° 05’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Parker Solar Probe
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Parker Solar Probe?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Parker Solar Probe in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Parker Solar Probe Distance

The distance of Parker Solar Probe from Earth is currently 159,496,737 kilometers, equivalent to 1.066170 Astronomical Units. Light takes 8 minutes and 52.0238 seconds to travel from Parker Solar Probe and arrive to us.

8 minutes and 52.0238 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Parker Solar Probe 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 Parker Solar Probe from Earth between August 2018 and August 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 Parker Solar Probe from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Parker Solar Probe to Earth

Between August 2018 and August 2025 the closest approach of Parker Solar Probe to Earth happens on Mon Aug 13 2018 at a distance of 0.00479526 Astronomical Units, or 717,361 kilometers:

Mon Aug 13 2018

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

Parker Solar Probe rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Parker Solar Probe rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 95.9°
Max altitude: 32.4°
Azimuth: 263.7°
Parker Solar Probe is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Parker Solar Probe 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 Parker Solar Probe Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Parker Solar Probe with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Parker Solar Probe 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 Parker Solar Probe

Parker Solar Probe 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Parker Solar Probe computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Parker Solar Probe in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Sep 08 11h 49m 54s +01° 37’ 31” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 09 11h 59m 51s +00° 30’ 24” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 10 12h 09m 25s -00° 34’ 41” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 11 12h 18m 42s -01° 37’ 58” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 12 12h 27m 41s -02° 39’ 29” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 13 12h 36m 26s -03° 39’ 20” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 14 12h 45m 00s -04° 37’ 36” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 15 12h 53m 22s -05° 34’ 22” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 16 13h 01m 36s -06° 29’ 35” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 17 13h 09m 41s -07° 23’ 20” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 18 13h 17m 38s -08° 15’ 35” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 19 13h 25m 27s -09° 06’ 23” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 20 13h 33m 11s -09° 55’ 41” N.A. Virgo
2019 Sep 21 13h 40m 46s -10° 43’ 29” N.A. Virgo