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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)113.51892.797108.072131.49032.508
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.99511.31415.39017.01114.547
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5302.3873.2473.5883.069
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 53'-8° 37'-57° 0'12° 26'-20° 38'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 49m19h 59m17h 12m19h 5m
Distance from Earth (AU)114.50492.010107.475130.67431.721
One-way light time (hours)15.8712.7514.9018.114.40
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.9-16.5-16.1-19.1
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19