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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)129.426107.659128.118154.08351.249
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.91511.19615.30616.95313.844
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5132.3623.2293.5762.920
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination26° 0'-8° 53'-58° 52'12° 12'-20° 30'
Right ascension5h 13m18h 50m20h 0m17h 13m19h 9m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)129.237107.442127.856154.28250.966
One-way light time (hours)17.9114.8917.7221.397.06
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.2-15.8-18.2
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19
 

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