Pioneer 10 Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Pioneer 10 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)
Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Pioneer 10 is right now (view fullscreen)
Also check out Where is Pioneer 10?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Pioneer 10 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Pioneer 10 Distance
The distance of Pioneer 10 from Earth is currently 18,879,603,383 kilometers, equivalent to 126.202354 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 hours, 29 minutes and 35.5782 seconds to travel from Pioneer 10 and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Pioneer 10 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 Pioneer 10 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Pioneer 10 to Earth
Between January 2013 and January 2050 the closest approach of Pioneer 10 to Earth happens on Tue Jan 1 2013 at a distance of 106.50679495 Astronomical Units, or 15,933,189,771 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Pioneer 10 rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Pioneer 10 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 Pioneer 10 Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Pioneer 10 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Pioneer 10 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!
Pioneer 10 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Pioneer 10 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Pioneer 10 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Apr 01||05h 12m 24s||+25° 59’ 03”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 02||05h 12m 25s||+25° 59’ 02”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 03||05h 12m 26s||+25° 59’ 02”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 04||05h 12m 28s||+25° 59’ 02”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 05||05h 12m 28s||+25° 59’ 00”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 06||05h 12m 29s||+25° 59’ 00”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 07||05h 12m 29s||+25° 59’ 00”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 08||05h 12m 30s||+25° 59’ 00”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 09||05h 12m 33s||+25° 58’ 59”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 10||05h 12m 33s||+25° 58’ 59”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 11||05h 12m 34s||+25° 58’ 59”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 12||05h 12m 35s||+25° 58’ 59”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 13||05h 12m 37s||+25° 58’ 59”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2020 Apr 14||05h 12m 38s||+25° 59’ 00”||N.A.||Taurus|