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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)117.41096.435112.961137.01037.162
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.97311.28215.36716.99514.310
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5262.3803.2423.5853.019
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 58'-8° 57'-57° 11'11° 58'-20° 47'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 48m19h 56m17h 12m19h 2m
Distance from Earth (AU)116.42797.316113.657137.81538.053
One-way light time (hours)16.1413.4915.7519.105.27
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.4-16.0-18.8
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19