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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)119.36198.258115.416139.77939.475
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.96311.26715.35616.98814.212
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5242.3773.2393.5842.998
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 50'-57° 49'12° 12'-20° 45'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 47m19h 56m17h 11m19h 0m
Distance from Earth (AU)119.21398.010115.120139.94939.177
One-way light time (hours)16.5213.5915.9619.405.43
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