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 fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher 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 18,538,299,636 kilometers, equivalent to 123.920879 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 hours, 10 minutes and 37.1114 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 15,933,189,772 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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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.
|2019 Dec 06||05h 14m 22s||+26° 03’ 10”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 07||05h 14m 21s||+26° 03’ 07”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 08||05h 14m 18s||+26° 03’ 06”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 09||05h 14m 17s||+26° 03’ 03”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 10||05h 14m 14s||+26° 03’ 02”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 11||05h 14m 12s||+26° 03’ 00”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 12||05h 14m 09s||+26° 02’ 57”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 13||05h 14m 08s||+26° 02’ 54”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 14||05h 14m 06s||+26° 02’ 53”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 15||05h 14m 03s||+26° 02’ 50”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 16||05h 14m 02s||+26° 02’ 48”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 17||05h 13m 59s||+26° 02’ 45”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 18||05h 13m 58s||+26° 02’ 43”||N.A.||Taurus|
|2019 Dec 19||05h 13m 55s||+26° 02’ 40”||N.A.||Taurus|