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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:41  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:26

Pioneer 11

Pioneer 11 is currently in the constellation of Scutum. The current Right Ascension of Pioneer 11 is 18h 57m 46s and the Declination is -08° 47’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).

18h 57m 46s
-08° 47’ 01”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Pioneer 11 from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 98.8°
Max altitude: 29.7°
Azimuth: 261.2°

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Available Resources

Pioneer 11 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Pioneer 11 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 11 in Scutum on March, 30 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Pioneer 11 in Scutum on March, 30 2023
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 11 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

Pioneer 11
RA: 18h 57m 46s
Dec: -08° 47’ 01”
Deep sky finder chart for Pioneer 11
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Pioneer 11?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Pioneer 11 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Pioneer 11 Distance from Earth

The distance of Pioneer 11 from Earth is currently 16,432,802,292 kilometers, equivalent to 109.846499 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15 hours, 13 minutes and 33.9283 seconds to travel from Pioneer 11 and arrive to us.

15 hours, 13 minutes and 33.9283 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Pioneer 11 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.

Chart of the distance of Pioneer 11 from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 11 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Pioneer 11 to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2049, the closest approach of Pioneer 11 to Earth happens on Mon Jun 10 2013 at a distance of 85.782159 Astronomical Units, or 12,832,828,327 kilometers:

Mon Jun 10 2013

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

Visualization of Pioneer 11 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Pioneer 11 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Pioneer 11 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 11

Pioneer 11 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Pioneer 11 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Pioneer 11 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Mar 23 18h 57m 42s -08° 48’ 06” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 24 18h 57m 43s -08° 47’ 57” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 25 18h 57m 43s -08° 47’ 49” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 26 18h 57m 44s -08° 47’ 41” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 27 18h 57m 44s -08° 47’ 33” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 28 18h 57m 44s -08° 47’ 25” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 29 18h 57m 46s -08° 47’ 17” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 30 18h 57m 46s -08° 47’ 08” N.A. Scutum
2023 Mar 31 18h 57m 46s -08° 47’ 00” N.A. Scutum
2023 Apr 01 18h 57m 47s -08° 46’ 53” N.A. Scutum
2023 Apr 02 18h 57m 47s -08° 46’ 45” N.A. Scutum
2023 Apr 03 18h 57m 47s -08° 46’ 37” N.A. Scutum
2023 Apr 04 18h 57m 47s -08° 46’ 30” N.A. Scutum
2023 Apr 05 18h 57m 47s -08° 46’ 22” N.A. Scutum