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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)113.79993.059108.423131.88732.845
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.99311.31115.38817.01014.528
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5302.3863.2463.5883.065
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 55'-8° 38'-57° 12'12° 27'-20° 44'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 47m19h 57m17h 11m19h 0m
Distance from Earth (AU)114.71492.074107.599131.16031.829
One-way light time (hours)15.9012.7614.9118.184.41
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.9-16.5-16.1-19.1
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19