Parker Solar Probe
Parker Solar Probe is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Parker Solar Probe is 16h 25m 12s and the Declination is -23° 13’ 43” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).
Summary of key facts about Parker Solar Probe [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
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Parker Solar Probe Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Parker Solar Probe 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 Parker Solar Probe is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
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 from Earth
The distance of Parker Solar Probe from Earth is currently 171,876,870 kilometers, equivalent to 1.148926 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9 minutes and 33.3195 seconds to travel from Parker Solar Probe and arrive to us.
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.
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 0.004795 Astronomical Units, or 717,367 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Parker Solar Probe rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Parker Solar Probe 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 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!
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.
|2020 Oct 18||15h 32m 49s||-20° 23’ 08”||N.A.||Libra|
|2020 Oct 19||15h 40m 00s||-20° 50’ 33”||N.A.||Libra|
|2020 Oct 20||15h 47m 00s||-21° 16’ 09”||N.A.||Libra|
|2020 Oct 21||15h 53m 53s||-21° 40’ 03”||N.A.||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 22||16h 00m 38s||-22° 02’ 17”||N.A.||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 23||16h 07m 13s||-22° 22’ 57”||N.A.||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 24||16h 13m 41s||-22° 42’ 06”||N.A.||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 25||16h 20m 00s||-22° 59’ 49”||N.A.||Scorpius|
|2020 Oct 26||16h 26m 12s||-23° 16’ 11”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2020 Oct 27||16h 32m 17s||-23° 31’ 15”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2020 Oct 28||16h 38m 14s||-23° 45’ 06”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2020 Oct 29||16h 44m 04s||-23° 57’ 47”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2020 Oct 30||16h 49m 47s||-24° 09’ 21”||N.A.||Ophiucus|
|2020 Oct 31||16h 55m 23s||-24° 19’ 53”||N.A.||Ophiucus|