Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster reaches farthest point from the sun
SpaceX billed Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster as on “an endless road trip past Mars” when it launched in February. However, the car and its pilot have now reached their farthest point from the sun before swinging back into orbit.
Such a magnitude is extremely faint, about 1 billion times more so than an object visible to the naked eye.
After the first few months of spaceflight, only the Hubble Space Telescope could track the Roadster. This instrument, which recently returned to service after a gyroscope problem, can see down to the 30th magnitude, which is a measure of an object’s brightness.
The Roadster has reached its first apogee from the sun according to the Where is Roadster? website, run by Ben Pearson, and as reported by technology news site Ars Technica.