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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)114.21693.449108.947132.47933.346
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.99111.30815.38617.00814.500
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5292.3853.2463.5883.059
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 58'-8° 45'-57° 14'12° 15'-20° 54'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 45m19h 54m17h 10m18h 54m
Distance from Earth (AU)114.33192.965108.458132.43432.824
One-way light time (hours)15.8512.8915.0318.364.55
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.5-16.1-19.1
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19