Dwarf Planet Pluto
Dwarf Planet Pluto is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Dwarf Planet Pluto is 19h 55m 11s and the Declination is -22° 15’ 47” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Dwarf Planet Pluto is 14.39 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Dwarf Planet Pluto [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]:
- Pluto is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, Pluto is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
- See also Pluto rise and set times.
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Additional information about Dwarf Planet Pluto available on TheSkyLive:
Dwarf Planet Pluto Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Dwarf Planet Pluto 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.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Dwarf Planet Pluto is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Dwarf Planet Pluto?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Dwarf Planet Pluto in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Dwarf Planet Pluto Distance from Earth
The distance of Dwarf Planet Pluto from Earth is currently 5,071,722,898 kilometers, equivalent to 33.902374 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 hours, 41 minutes and 57.4466 seconds to travel from Dwarf Planet Pluto and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Dwarf Planet Pluto 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 Pluto from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Dwarf Planet Pluto to Earth
Between January 1900 and January 2100, the closest approach of Dwarf Planet Pluto to Earth happens on Tue May 8 1990 at a distance of 28.686961 Astronomical Units, or 4,291,508,288 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Dwarf Planet Pluto brightness
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.
Dwarf Planet Pluto rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Dwarf Planet Pluto 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.
Dwarf Planet Pluto Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||29.57399177 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1989-May-08 00:42:12
|Next perihelion transit||2237-Feb-04 07:20
|Argument of perihelion||peri||112.59714167749°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||110.37695795541°|
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|
|Mass||0.01309 x 1024 kg||0.0022|
|Escape Velocity||1.23 km/s||0.1099|
|Sideral Rotation||-153.2928 hours||-6.4047|
Dwarf Planet Pluto 15 Days 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.
|2021 May 01||19h 55m 17s||-22° 14’ 35”||14.40||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 02||19h 55m 17s||-22° 14’ 44”||14.40||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 03||19h 55m 15s||-22° 14’ 53”||14.40||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 04||19h 55m 15s||-22° 15’ 03”||14.40||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 05||19h 55m 14s||-22° 15’ 14”||14.40||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 06||19h 55m 14s||-22° 15’ 24”||14.39||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 07||19h 55m 13s||-22° 15’ 34”||14.39||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 08||19h 55m 12s||-22° 15’ 46”||14.39||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 09||19h 55m 10s||-22° 15’ 56”||14.39||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 10||19h 55m 09s||-22° 16’ 09”||14.39||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 11||19h 55m 08s||-22° 16’ 21”||14.39||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 12||19h 55m 05s||-22° 16’ 32”||14.39||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 13||19h 55m 05s||-22° 16’ 45”||14.38||Sagittarius|
|2021 May 14||19h 55m 03s||-22° 16’ 58”||14.38||Sagittarius|