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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)122.053100.774118.808143.60242.648
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.94911.24715.34216.97814.094
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5212.3723.2363.5812.973
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination26° 0'-8° 54'-58° 1'12° 6'-20° 41'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 48m19h 57m17h 12m19h 3m
Distance from Earth (AU)121.500100.947118.861144.09342.777
One-way light time (hours)16.8413.9916.4819.975.93
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.7-16.3-15.9-18.6
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19