Posted by: earthandbeyond | September 15, 2008

New Horizons realtime simulation

New Horizons is still a long way away from Pluto.  It won’t arrive until July 14, 2015.  So, what can we do in the meantime?  We can watch the New Horizons Real-Time Simulation!  You can watch as the numbers count down in real-time.  As of this time, New Horizons is 35.934% of the trip to Pluto by distance, but only 27.98% by time.  Also, it is 1 hour and 31 minutes away from Earth by light time.  It has travelled 12.617 AU and has 22.494 AU to go.  Next big event is March 18, 2011, when it crosses Uranus’ orbit.  By the way, New Horizons is travelling at 64,257 km/h.  That’s fast!

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