Dwarf Planet Pluto
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 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.
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!
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.
|2017 Dec 05||14.34||19h 16m 18s||-21° 46’ 38”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 06||14.34||19h 16m 27s||-21° 46’ 31”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 07||14.34||19h 16m 35s||-21° 46’ 23”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 08||14.34||19h 16m 41s||-21° 46’ 14”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 09||14.33||19h 16m 50s||-21° 46’ 06”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 10||14.33||19h 16m 58s||-21° 45’ 59”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 11||14.33||19h 17m 06s||-21° 45’ 50”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 12||14.33||19h 17m 13s||-21° 45’ 42”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 13||14.33||19h 17m 21s||-21° 45’ 33”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 14||14.33||19h 17m 30s||-21° 45’ 24”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 15||14.33||19h 17m 38s||-21° 45’ 15”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 16||14.33||19h 17m 45s||-21° 45’ 06”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 17||14.33||19h 17m 53s||-21° 44’ 56”||Sagittarius|
|2017 Dec 18||14.33||19h 18m 02s||-21° 44’ 47”||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.
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.
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 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
|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°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2013-Jun-30|
|Distance of closest approach*||31.44911014 AU
* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.