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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)112.92392.239107.324130.64531.790
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.99811.31915.39417.01414.589
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5312.3883.2473.5893.078
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 53'-8° 49'-56° 30'12° 8'-20° 42'
Right ascension5h 7m18h 49m19h 59m17h 13m19h 5m
Distance from Earth (AU)112.79692.740107.826130.71432.338
One-way light time (hours)15.6312.8514.9518.124.48
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