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Parker Solar Probe Position

Parker Solar Probe is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension is 21h 25m 27s and the Declination is -16° 02’ 55”.

21h 25m 27s
-16° 02’ 55”

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

Map showing Parker Solar Probe in Capricornus on February, 19 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Parker Solar Probe is right now (view fullscreen)

Parker Solar Probe
RA: 21h 25m 27s
Dec: -16° 02’ 55”
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 224,873,464 kilometers, equivalent to 1.503186 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 30.0971 seconds to travel from Parker Solar Probe and arrive to us.

12 minutes and 30.0971 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 0.00479530 Astronomical Units, or 717,367 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: 106.1°
Max altitude: 22.4°
Azimuth: 254.0°
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, 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!

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
2020 Feb 12 20h 54m 38s -17° 56’ 21” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 13 20h 58m 54s -17° 42’ 12” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 14 21h 03m 06s -17° 27’ 44” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 15 21h 07m 14s -17° 13’ 00” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 16 21h 11m 21s -16° 58’ 00” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 17 21h 15m 23s -16° 42’ 47” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 18 21h 19m 21s -16° 27’ 24” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 19 21h 23m 16s -16° 11’ 49” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 20 21h 27m 06s -15° 56’ 08” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 21 21h 30m 55s -15° 40’ 17” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 22 21h 34m 39s -15° 24’ 20” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 23 21h 38m 21s -15° 08’ 16” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 24 21h 41m 59s -14° 52’ 05” N.A. Capricornus
2020 Feb 25 21h 45m 34s -14° 35’ 49” N.A. Capricornus