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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)116.47795.562111.787135.68536.051
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.97811.28915.37216.99914.361
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5272.3813.2433.5863.030
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 41'-57° 34'12° 24'-20° 43'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 47m19h 57m17h 11m19h 1m
Distance from Earth (AU)117.16594.662111.001135.15835.107
One-way light time (hours)16.2413.1215.3918.734.87
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.5-16.0-18.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19