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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:35  
clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:45
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SpaceX Roadster (Starman)

Altitude: 10.8°   Azimuth: 72.3°   Direction: East-North-East

SpaceX Roadster is not a natural celestial object, but rather a man-made object launched by SpaceX in February 2018 as part of the Falcon Heavy test flight. It is a red sports car owned by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and was launched as a demonstration of the Falcon Heavy's capabilities. The Roadster is not in a stable orbit around the Sun, but is instead on a heliocentric orbit that will take it to the asteroid belt and then back to the inner Solar System in the future. The Roadster also carries a mannequin named Starman, dressed in a spacesuit, in the driver's seat. The name "Roadster" refers to the type of car that is used as the payload for the Falcon Heavy, while "SpaceX" is the name of the private space exploration company founded by Elon Musk in 2002.

SpaceX Roadster (Starman) is currently in the constellation of Taurus, at a distance of 97,526,454 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of SpaceX Roadster in Taurus on March,05 2024
Map showing SpaceX Roadster (Starman) in Taurus on March, 05 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) is 03h 32m 11s and the Declination is +19° 24’ 29” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) is 26.83 (JPL).

03h 32m 11s
+19° 24’ 29”

Today's rise, transit and set times of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 70.6°
Max altitude: 58.0°
Azimuth: 289.3°
  • SpaceX Roadster is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 11° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, SpaceX Roadster is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Additional Resources

SpaceX Roadster (Starman) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of SpaceX Roadster
Map showing SpaceX Roadster (Starman) in Taurus on March, 05 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where SpaceX Roadster (Starman) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

SpaceX Roadster
RA: 03h 32m 11s
Dec: +19° 24’ 29”
Deep sky finder chart for SpaceX Roadster (Starman)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is SpaceX Roadster (Starman)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find SpaceX Roadster (Starman) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

SpaceX Roadster (Starman) Distance from Earth

The distance of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) from Earth is currently 97,526,454 kilometers, equivalent to 0.651924 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5 minutes and 25.3132 seconds to travel from SpaceX Roadster (Starman) and arrive to us.

5 minutes and 25.3132 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) 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 SpaceX Roadster (Starman) 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 SpaceX Roadster from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) to Earth

Between 8 February 2018 and 31 December 2089, the closest approach of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) to Earth happens on Thu Feb 8 2018 at a distance of 0.002218 Astronomical Units, or 331,842 kilometers:

Thu Feb 8 2018

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

SpaceX Roadster (Starman) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of SpaceX Roadster (Starman), 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.

Chart of the magnitude of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) as a function of time

Visualization of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of SpaceX Roadster (Starman) 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 SpaceX Roadster (Starman)

SpaceX Roadster (Starman) 15 Days Ephemeris

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 27 03h 02m 32s +17° 45’ 24” 26.85 Aries
2024 Feb 28 03h 06m 25s +17° 59’ 29” 26.85 Aries
2024 Feb 29 03h 10m 20s +18° 13’ 22” 26.85 Aries
2024 Mar 01 03h 14m 17s +18° 27’ 02” 26.84 Aries
2024 Mar 02 03h 18m 16s +18° 40’ 28” 26.84 Aries
2024 Mar 03 03h 22m 18s +18° 53’ 41” 26.84 Aries
2024 Mar 04 03h 26m 21s +19° 06’ 39” 26.83 Taurus
2024 Mar 05 03h 30m 26s +19° 19’ 23” 26.83 Taurus
2024 Mar 06 03h 34m 33s +19° 31’ 49” 26.82 Taurus
2024 Mar 07 03h 38m 44s +19° 43’ 59” 26.82 Taurus
2024 Mar 08 03h 42m 56s +19° 55’ 51” 26.82 Taurus
2024 Mar 09 03h 47m 09s +20° 07’ 26” 26.81 Taurus
2024 Mar 10 03h 51m 25s +20° 18’ 42” 26.81 Taurus
2024 Mar 11 03h 55m 45s +20° 29’ 39” 26.80 Taurus