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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)112.27591.634106.512129.72831.008
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)12.00211.32415.39817.01614.637
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5322.3893.2483.5903.088
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 55'-56° 34'11° 58'-21° 1'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 45m19h 53m17h 11m18h 54m
Distance from Earth (AU)111.31492.409107.104130.52631.793
One-way light time (hours)15.4312.8114.8518.094.41
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.9-16.6-16.1-19.2
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19