Credit: Ben Pearson

 

Where is Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with Starman?

Surely having a window full of speeding tickets by now, that SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy Tesla Roadster on February 6 is apparently tumbling, but in cruise control – outward bound from Earth.

Thanks to a creative website by Ben Pearson, founder of Old Ham Media, viewers can keep up with the speeding speedster.

“I came to realize that people really were interested in the tracking of these objects,” Pearson explains. “I started thinking about how I could manage to get this information, and then I came to realize that I could provide the tracking for it myself!”

Credit: SpaceX

TLE car tags

Pearson registered this domain name, and began assembling the best of tracking data available. The current data that he is using comes from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Horizons website, allowing him to track the Tesla roadster “to the best of human understanding, for some time to come.”

This information will eventually expire, no longer being useful, Pearson points out. “I’m not sure exactly when that will be, but I suspect in a few years. Certainly it will be difficult to see when it next comes close to the Earth, which won’t be for a long time.”

BTW, Pearson concludes: “I do not own a Tesla, but I am in the reservation queue for a Tesla Model 3.”

Credit: SpaceX

Where is the vehicle now?

The Tesla travelogue has the car’s current location at 2,400,187 miles (3,862,728 km, 0.026 AU) from Earth, moving away from Earth at a speed of 6,722 miles/hour (10,817 km/hour, 3.00 km/s).

At present, the roadster is 136,601,793 miles (219,839,344 km, 1.470 AU) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 42,880 miles/hour (69,009 km/hour, 19.17 km/s).

Don’t panic! Tesla Roadster en route and outbound.
Credit: SpaceX/Screen Grab.

Upcoming milestones

According to Pearson’s website, circle the calendar for these events:

Close Approach of Mars on June 8, 2018 at a distance of 0.740 AU.

Far point from Sun on October 10, 2018 at a distance of 1.655 AU.

Far point from Earth on February 21, 2019 at a distance of 2.446 AU.

Close Approach of Sun on August 9, 2019 at a distance of 0.983 AU.

Close Approach of Mars on September 16, 2019 at a distance of 0.649 AU.

Far point from Earth on January 15, 2020 at a distance of 2.336 AU.

Far point from Sun on April 20, 2020 at a distance of 1.656 AU.

Close Approach of Mars on October 6, 2020 at a distance of 0.049 AU.

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Resources

To go to the “Where is Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with Starman?” website, park yourself at:

http://www.whereisroadster.com/

Also, check out this cool video at:

https://youtu.be/YZKXPlK7oX4

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