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Pioneer 10

Pioneer 10 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Pioneer 10 is 05h 13m 45s and the Declination is +25° 59’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).

Summary of key facts about Pioneer 10 [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]:

05h 13m 45s
+25° 59’ 42”

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Pioneer 10 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Pioneer 10 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 Pioneer 10 in Taurus on May, 12 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Pioneer 10 in Taurus on May, 12 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 Pioneer 10 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

Pioneer 10
RA: 05h 13m 45s
Dec: +25° 59’ 42”
Deep sky finder chart for Pioneer 10
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 from Earth

The distance of Pioneer 10 from Earth is currently 19,348,316,111 kilometers, equivalent to 129.335505 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 hours, 55 minutes and 39.0356 seconds to travel from Pioneer 10 and arrive to us.

17 hours, 55 minutes and 39.0356 seconds

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.

Distance of Pioneer 10 from Earth between January 2013 and January 2050

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 106.506795 Astronomical Units, or 15,933,189,771 kilometers:

Tue Jan 1 2013

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

Pioneer 10 rise and set times

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

Today's Pioneer 10 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 64.0°
Max altitude: 64.5°
Azimuth: 296.0°

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!

Orbit Diagram of Pioneer 10

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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 05 05h 13m 32s +25° 59’ 34” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 06 05h 13m 33s +25° 59’ 35” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 07 05h 13m 36s +25° 59’ 35” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 08 05h 13m 37s +25° 59’ 36” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 09 05h 13m 39s +25° 59’ 38” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 10 05h 13m 41s +25° 59’ 39” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 11 05h 13m 42s +25° 59’ 40” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 12 05h 13m 45s +25° 59’ 42” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 13 05h 13m 46s +25° 59’ 43” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 14 05h 13m 48s +25° 59’ 44” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 15 05h 13m 50s +25° 59’ 45” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 16 05h 13m 51s +25° 59’ 47” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 17 05h 13m 54s +25° 59’ 48” N.A. Taurus
2021 May 18 05h 13m 55s +25° 59’ 49” N.A. Taurus