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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)125.236103.747122.824148.12646.376
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.93411.22415.32616.96713.975
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5172.3683.2333.5792.948
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 57'-57° 58'12° 2'-20° 28'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 52m20h 2m17h 15m19h 12m
Distance from Earth (AU)124.514104.654123.596148.69447.327
One-way light time (hours)17.2614.5117.1320.616.56
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.3-15.8-18.4
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19