Pluto's path across the night sky in 2014
The star chart below shows the path of Pluto across the sky in 2014. It is available in two color schemes, light-on-dark (good for on-screen viewing) or dark-on-light (better for printing).
Click on either chart to enlarge it, or click on the PDF link in the bottom-right corner to view it at the highest resolution. An interactive planetarium view is also available, which shows the position of Pluto relative to the horizon in Newark (click here to change).
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The chart above was computed from orbital elements made available by Ted Bowell at the Lowell Observatory. The conversion to geocentric coordinates was performed using the position of the Earth recorded in the DE405 ephemeris computed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
The tick marks show the position of Pluto on the first day of each month.
Star positions and magnitudes were taken from the Tycho catalogue. The data was reduced by the author and plotted using Pyxplot. A gnomonic projection of the sky has been used; celestial coordinates are indicated in the J2000.0 coordinate system.