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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)117.70396.708113.329137.42537.509
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.97211.27915.36516.99414.295
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5252.3793.2413.5853.015
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 55'-57° 6'12° 1'-20° 39'
Right ascension5h 8m18h 50m19h 59m17h 14m19h 7m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)116.99997.604114.105137.97738.448
One-way light time (hours)16.2213.5315.8219.135.33
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
 

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