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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)116.91195.968112.333136.30136.568
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.97611.28615.37016.99714.337
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5262.3813.2423.5863.024
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 50'-57° 29'12° 9'-20° 50'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 46m19h 54m17h 11m18h 57m
Distance from Earth (AU)116.60095.883112.167136.60336.444
One-way light time (hours)16.1613.2915.5518.935.05
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.4-16.0-18.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19