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Parker Solar Probe

Parker Solar Probe is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Parker Solar Probe is 19h 41m 22s and the Declination is -21° 19’ 20” (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]:

19h 41m 22s
-21° 19’ 20”
Sagittarius

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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.

Map showing Parker Solar Probe in Sagittarius on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Parker Solar Probe in Sagittarius on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 10x6 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, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Parker Solar Probe is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

Parker Solar Probe
RA: 19h 41m 22s
Dec: -21° 19’ 20”
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 from Earth

The distance of Parker Solar Probe from Earth is currently 167,736,870 kilometers, equivalent to 1.121252 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9 minutes and 19.5100 seconds to travel from Parker Solar Probe and arrive to us.

167,736,870
1.121252
9 minutes and 19.5100 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 0.004795 Astronomical Units, or 717,367 kilometers:

Mon Aug 13 2018
717,367
0.004795

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: 111.4°
Max altitude: 17.2°
Azimuth: 248.7°

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
2021 Jan 14 20h 28m 00s -19° 25’ 38” N.A. Capricornus
2021 Jan 15 20h 20m 26s -19° 40’ 19” N.A. Capricornus
2021 Jan 16 20h 09m 45s -20° 02’ 20” N.A. Capricornus
2021 Jan 17 19h 55m 59s -20° 30’ 56” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 18 19h 42m 51s -20° 58’ 41” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 19 19h 36m 02s -21° 15’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 20 19h 35m 17s -21° 22’ 13” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 21 19h 37m 47s -21° 22’ 23” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 22 19h 41m 45s -21° 18’ 48” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 23 19h 46m 26s -21° 12’ 51” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 24 19h 51m 23s -21° 05’ 12” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 25 19h 56m 26s -20° 56’ 18” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 26 20h 01m 31s -20° 46’ 28” N.A. Sagittarius
2021 Jan 27 20h 06m 32s -20° 35’ 53” N.A. Sagittarius