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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)113.37092.658107.885131.27932.329
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.99611.31515.39117.01214.557
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5302.3873.2473.5893.071
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 53'-8° 39'-56° 52'12° 24'-20° 37'
Right ascension5h 8m18h 49m20h 0m17h 13m19h 6m
Distance from Earth (AU)114.20992.133107.531130.57131.824
One-way light time (hours)15.8312.7714.9118.104.41
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.9-16.5-16.1-19.2
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19