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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)132.453110.486131.950158.39254.752
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.90111.17815.29316.94413.764
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5112.3583.2263.5742.903
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination26° 0'-9° 0'-58° 48'12° 1'-20° 25'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 52m20h 3m17h 15m19h 13m
Distance from Earth (AU)131.471111.336132.602159.19955.596
One-way light time (hours)18.2215.4318.3822.077.71
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.1-15.7-18.0
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19