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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)116.24395.344111.494135.35535.773
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.98011.29115.37417.00014.375
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5272.3823.2433.5863.032
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 55'-8° 38'-57° 29'12° 27'-20° 37'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 49m19h 59m17h 12m19h 4m
Distance from Earth (AU)117.22394.370110.700134.56534.776
One-way light time (hours)16.2513.0815.3418.654.82
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.5-16.0-18.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19