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Have looked at current videos of Starman and not found data as to it's current position.

Is there a site plotting the current position of Starman?

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    $\begingroup$ Before Starman left earth orbit It could be tracked here: n2yo.com/satellite/?s=43205 However now it's off in interplanetary space and will probably never be seen (or see anything except the sun) ever again unless someone goes and gets it. $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Feb 7 '18 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Dragongeek Are you implying that it can never be tracked and communicated with? $\endgroup$ – Mike Waters Feb 7 '18 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ @MikeWaters, Yes. As of 12 hours after launch it has no more fuel or battery power and no solar panels or other power generation methods. "Tracking" in the traditional sense dosen't really make sense here. Spacex knows what the orbit is and there's basically nothing that would change it until the sun explodes. If you were to construct a powerful enough telescope in space and point it at it, you could see it. $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Feb 7 '18 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Dragongeek Thanks. What is the last known position? $\endgroup$ – Mike Waters Feb 7 '18 at 21:21
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    $\begingroup$ @MikeWaters SpaceX hasn't made public exactly where it is right now. There's not really a "last known position". Just because we can't see it, doesn't mean we don't know where it is. Space is extremely predictable mathematically. $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Feb 7 '18 at 21:26
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It's really rough, but I'm putting together a website to track it, based on the best data we know. I'm sure it's not 100% accurate, but it's fairly close, at least for now. http://www.whereisroadster.com/

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  • $\begingroup$ You should add to that website an ETA for Mars orbit as well. So... how far was mars from earth when Elon's roadster made its burn towards Mars? Based on that I would assume the distance then calculated by its current speed? I know nothing about this stuff but is that not close enough to calculate? $\endgroup$ – Zachary Feb 8 '18 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Zachary It will not orbit Mars. However, he might be able to add an ETA for Mars flyby. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Feb 8 '18 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Zachary I have a lot of things planned for the website. I'm hoping to get to at least the most important ones this weekend. Feel free to talk with me in the chatroom more about it, let's keep the comments uncluttered. $\endgroup$ – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 8 '18 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ Here's some new information about its orbit. $\endgroup$ – Mike Waters Feb 9 '18 at 19:28
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    $\begingroup$ @MikeWaters The tracking data behind my website comes from JPL Horizons, which is the same one used to draw this conclusion. I'm happy to know that my chart looks a lot like the one they used, however! $\endgroup$ – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 9 '18 at 19:37

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