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Spacecraft escaping the Solar System

This page shows the current positions and other interesting data of the five spacecraft which are leaving the Solar System on escape trajectories - our first emissaries to the stars. On this scale, the nearest star to the Sun would be approximately 100 meters away, and it would take Voyager 1 about 70,000 years to cover that distance.

View from 90° above ecliptic plane
View from 10° above ecliptic plane

Pioneer 10Pioneer 11Voyager 2Voyager 1New Horizons
Distance from Sun (AU)118.74397.681114.639138.90238.744
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.96611.27115.35916.99014.242
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5242.3783.2403.5843.004
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 55'-8° 39'-57° 46'12° 27'-20° 32'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 50m20h 0m17h 12m19h 7m
Distance from Earth (AU)119.73496.714113.858138.10237.759
One-way light time (hours)16.6013.4115.7819.145.23
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.8-16.4-16.0-18.8
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19