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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)121.462100.222118.063142.76341.953
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.95211.25115.34516.98014.118
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5212.3733.2373.5822.978
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 42'-58° 9'12° 25'-20° 33'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 49m20h 0m17h 12m19h 7m
Distance from Earth (AU)122.23399.279117.260142.16340.967
One-way light time (hours)16.9413.7616.2519.715.68
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