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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)123.130101.780120.166145.13243.912
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.94411.23915.33616.97414.051
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5202.3713.2353.5812.964
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 54'-8° 49'-57° 50'12° 14'-20° 22'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 53m20h 4m17h 15m19h 15m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)123.341101.985120.423144.92744.185
One-way light time (hours)17.1014.1416.6920.096.12
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.7-16.3-15.9-18.5
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19
 

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