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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)127.788106.130126.047151.75349.348
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.92211.20715.31416.95813.892
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5152.3643.2303.5772.931
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 57'-58° 14'12° 4'-20° 23'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 53m20h 3m17h 15m19h 14m
Distance from Earth (AU)127.141107.001126.795152.25850.269
One-way light time (hours)17.6214.8317.5821.106.97
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.2
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19