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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)124.917103.449122.421147.67246.003
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.93511.22615.32716.96813.986
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5182.3683.2333.5792.950
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 59'-58° 4'12° 0'-20° 35'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 50m19h 59m17h 14m19h 8m
Distance from Earth (AU)123.937104.288123.068148.47946.839
One-way light time (hours)17.1814.4617.0620.586.49
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