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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)119.81498.682115.987140.42340.010
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.96111.26315.35416.98614.191
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5232.3763.2393.5832.994
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 57'-57° 33'12° 0'-20° 44'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 48m19h 56m17h 12m19h 3m
Distance from Earth (AU)118.86699.422116.541141.21140.742
One-way light time (hours)16.4813.7816.1519.575.65
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.7-16.4-16.0-18.7
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19