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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)120.61299.428116.992141.55640.952
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.95611.25715.34916.98314.155
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5222.3753.2383.5832.986
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 54'-8° 48'-57° 33'12° 14'-20° 26'
Right ascension5h 8m18h 52m20h 3m17h 15m19h 13m
Distance from Earth (AU)120.81499.640117.257141.35741.229
One-way light time (hours)16.7513.8116.2519.595.71
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.7-16.4-15.9-18.6
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19