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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)117.66596.674113.282137.37237.465
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.97211.28015.36616.99414.297
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5252.3793.2413.5853.016
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 56'-57° 6'12° 0'-20° 40'
Right ascension5h 8m18h 49m19h 58m17h 14m19h 6m
Distance from Earth (AU)116.89997.596114.073137.97738.427
One-way light time (hours)16.2013.5315.8119.135.33
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.8-16.4-16.0-18.8
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19