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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)124.582103.136121.998147.19645.612
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.93711.22915.32916.96913.998
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5182.3693.2343.5802.953
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination26° 0'-8° 55'-58° 16'12° 6'-20° 37'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 49m19h 58m17h 12m19h 5m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)123.996103.347122.084147.71245.775
One-way light time (hours)17.1914.3316.9220.476.34
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.3-15.9-18.4
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19
 

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