Dwarf Planet Pluto
Dwarf Planet Pluto Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Dwarf Planet Pluto is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)
Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Dwarf Planet Pluto is right now (view fullscreen)
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
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 2013 and January 2100 the closest approach of Dwarf Planet Pluto to Earth happens on Tue Jan 1 2013 at a distance of 0.00000000 Astronomical Units, or 0 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||2.04375160 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Nov-21 11:35:46
|Argument of perihelion||peri||127.8739699448°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||214.97080274529°|
Visualization of Dwarf Planet Pluto Orbit
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!
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.
|2020 Jan 17||19h 38m 17s||-22° 12’ 05”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 18||19h 38m 26s||-22° 11’ 49”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 19||19h 38m 35s||-22° 11’ 35”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 20||19h 38m 44s||-22° 11’ 21”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 21||19h 38m 52s||-22° 11’ 07”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 22||19h 39m 01s||-22° 10’ 51”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 23||19h 39m 08s||-22° 10’ 37”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 24||19h 39m 18s||-22° 10’ 23”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 25||19h 39m 26s||-22° 10’ 09”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 26||19h 39m 34s||-22° 09’ 55”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 27||19h 39m 42s||-22° 09’ 39”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 28||19h 39m 51s||-22° 09’ 25”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 29||19h 40m 00s||-22° 09’ 11”||N.A.|
|2020 Jan 30||19h 40m 09s||-22° 08’ 57”||N.A.|