Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

According to NASA's calculated orbit weeks after its launch, Starman and his Tesla Roadster are now reaching their peak with respect to the Sun. That is, they have reached their farthest point from our star.

From now on, the car and the doll begin to consolidate their orbit, getting closer to the Sun and, consequently, to Earth and Mars as well. Check out some simulations.

Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun

By November 2020, Starman and his car are expected to pass close to Earth. At this point, ground telescopes will be able to observe the object. A month earlier, the car will drive very close to Mars.

Trajectory

The pair was launched into space on February 6 this year on an Elon Musk SpaceX rocket known as the Falcon Heavy. The launch was much celebrated by SpaceX, which intended to demonstrate the capabilities of its rocket to the market.

The Roadster was the first commercially manufactured electric car by Tesla, another Elon Musk company. Even the vehicle sent to space is actually the billionaire's personal model.

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Starman and Tesla Roadster Orbit Today, 8/11 (Source: Where is Roadster)

At this time, the electric power is 1.66 AU (Astronomical Units) from the Sun. Since each AU equals the distance between Earth and the Sun, the car now travels 248.3 million km from the star.

No updates released since late March

However, there is no way to be absolutely sure about that. "No updates have been released since late March, " he told Ars Technica Ben Pearson, head of the "Where is Roadster." "Still, there's no reason to believe that he would be just a little out of this prediction."

By this time, the only human instrument capable of observing the Roadster and Starman would be the Hubble telescope. However, as the equipment is constantly used for scientific research, it should not waste time searching for Musk's car.

“Hubble's orbits are precious and there is a lot of competition for them. So it would be a great waste of scientific time to devote resources to finding the car, ” Ars Ray Villard, a spokesman for the Space Telescope Science Institute, the organization responsible for the space telescope, told Ars Ray Villard.

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Starman and Elon Musk Roadster reach their farthest point from the Sun via TecMundo