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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)126.364104.800124.248149.72847.691
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.92811.21615.32016.96313.937
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5162.3663.2323.5782.940
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 43'-58° 38'12° 26'-20° 23'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 51m20h 3m17h 13m19h 12m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)127.295103.814123.443148.98546.677
One-way light time (hours)17.6414.3917.1120.656.47
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.3
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19
 

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