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Dwarf Planet Pluto

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Dwarf Planet Pluto Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Dwarf Planet Pluto is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Dwarf Planet Pluto in Sagittarius on April, 29 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
19h 22m 20s
-21° 12’ 47”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Dwarf Planet Pluto Rise and Set Times

Today's Dwarf Planet Pluto rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 111.2°
Max altitude: 17.3°
Azimuth: 248.8°

Dwarf Planet Pluto Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Dwarf Planet Pluto with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Dwarf Planet Pluto 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 Dwarf Planet Pluto
View Dwarf Planet Pluto in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Dwarf Planet Pluto Ephemeris

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

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Apr 22 14.28 19h 22m 24s -21° 12’ 09” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 23 14.28 19h 22m 24s -21° 12’ 14” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 24 14.28 19h 22m 24s -21° 12’ 19” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 25 14.28 19h 22m 23s -21° 12’ 24” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 26 14.27 19h 22m 23s -21° 12’ 29” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 27 14.27 19h 22m 23s -21° 12’ 34” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 28 14.27 19h 22m 22s -21° 12’ 41” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 29 14.27 19h 22m 20s -21° 12’ 47” Sagittarius
2017 Apr 30 14.27 19h 22m 19s -21° 12’ 53” Sagittarius
2017 May 01 14.27 19h 22m 18s -21° 13’ 00” Sagittarius
2017 May 02 14.27 19h 22m 17s -21° 13’ 08” Sagittarius
2017 May 03 14.27 19h 22m 15s -21° 13’ 14” Sagittarius
2017 May 04 14.26 19h 22m 14s -21° 13’ 23” Sagittarius
2017 May 05 14.26 19h 22m 12s -21° 13’ 31” Sagittarius

Distance of Dwarf Planet Pluto from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Dwarf Planet Pluto from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Pluto is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Dwarf Planet Pluto from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Dwarf Planet Pluto

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Dwarf Planet Pluto, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Dwarf Planet Pluto between January 2013 and January 2030

Dwarf Planet Pluto Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Dwarf Planet Pluto. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 2302 km 0.1807
Mass 0.01309 x 1024 kg 0.0022
Density 2.05 gr/cm3 0.3718
Escape Velocity 1.23 km/s 0.1099
Sideral Rotation -153.2928 hours -6.4047
Absolute Magnitude -1
Geometric Albedo 0.3

Dwarf Planet Pluto Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Dwarf Planet Pluto at epoch 21 September 2006 00:00 UTC (JD: 2454000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.25024871
Orbit inclination i 17.08900092°
Perihelion distance q 29.57399177 AU
4,424,206,206 km
Aphelion distance Q 49.31614768 AU
7,377,590,699 km
Semi-major axis a 39.44506973 AU
5,900,898,452 km
Orbital period period 247.7400 years
90,487.2769 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1989-May-08 00:42:12
2,447,654.5293 JD
Next perihelion transit 2237-Feb-04 07:20
2,538,141.8062 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 112.59714167749°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.37695795541°
Mean anomaly M 25.247189712188°
Mean motion n 0.00397846°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2013-Jun-30
Distance of closest approach* 31.44911014 AU
4,704,719,922 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.