User: anonymous   Login
Location: Cork
(51.8990°N, 8.4960°W)
Time: 03:00:59

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)116.87795.937112.291136.25336.528
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.97611.28615.37016.99714.339
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5262.3813.2423.5863.025
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 50'-57° 30'12° 11'-20° 50'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 46m19h 55m17h 11m18h 57m
Distance from Earth (AU)116.64795.770112.058136.49036.320
One-way light time (hours)16.1713.2715.5318.925.03
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.4-16.0-18.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19