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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)111.81191.200105.930129.07030.446
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)12.00511.32815.40117.01914.674
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5322.3903.2493.5903.095
Ecliptic latitude14°-35°35°
Declination25° 58'-8° 47'-56° 51'12° 11'-21° 2'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 44m19h 52m17h 9m18h 50m
Distance from Earth (AU)111.63490.986105.654129.26630.210
One-way light time (hours)15.4712.6114.6417.924.19
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.5-16.9-16.6-16.1-19.3
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19