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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)111.40190.816105.416128.48929.949
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)12.00711.33215.40417.02014.706
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5332.3913.2493.5903.102
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 38'-56° 54'12° 24'-20° 54'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 46m19h 55m17h 10m18h 54m
Distance from Earth (AU)112.14389.891104.606127.91628.987
One-way light time (hours)15.5412.4614.5017.734.02
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.5-16.9-16.6-16.2-19.3
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date03/03/197206/04/197320/08/197705/09/197719/01/2006