Real-Time location of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in space
|Epoch 2458197.5 JD|
|Semi-major axis||1.3252 au|
|Longitude of asc. node||317.17 °|
|Argument of periapsis||177.42 °|
|Orbital period||557.187 days|
Speed and Distance
|Orbital Speed||- km/s|
|Distance to Earth||- au|
|Distance to Mars||- au|
This simulation shows the current location of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster (with Starman behind the wheel) that was launched into space on February 6th 2018 on top of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Orbital elements are updated daily using NASA/JPL HORIZONS system and are used to calculate Roadster's current and future positions as well as upcoming close approaches to Mars and Earth.
In addition, it displays the planets and 25,000 largest asteroids, each having its own orbital path. The sizes of the planets and asteroids are a bit exaggerated though, because otherwise they will be invisible (smaller than a single pixel).
The simulation runs in real-time and may look static (because space is huge), but you can control its speed using the buttons under the orbital display.
Upcoming eventsClick on an event to see orbital position
- Jul 12, 2018 Crossing Mars orbit
- Nov 10, 2018 Farthest from the Sun (aphelion)
- Mar 28, 2019 Crossing Mars orbit
- Aug 15, 2019 Closest to the Sun (perihelion)
- Oct 07, 2020 Close approach to Mars
- Apr 22, 2035 Close approach to Mars
- Jan 11,2047 Close approach to Earth
- Mar 19, 2050 Close approach to Earth
- Sep 05, 2052 Close approach to Mars
- Apr 15, 2067 Close approach to Mars
- Sep 17, 2084 Close approach to Mars
- Jan 01, 2085 Close approach to Earth
- Mar 09, 2088 Close approach to Earth
NOTE:Current orbital characteristics are based on NASA/JPL HORIZONSsolution #9 from March 1, 2018. Over time, trajectory prediction errors could increase more rapidly than the formal statistics indicate due to unmodeled solar pressure, thermal re-radiation, or outgassing accelerations that are not currently characterized but may exist.