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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)123.725102.336120.917145.97844.609
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.94111.23515.33316.97214.029
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5192.3703.2353.5802.959
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 41'-58° 18'12° 27'-20° 24'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 51m20h 3m17h 13m19h 12m
Distance from Earth (AU)124.734101.400120.178145.15843.666
One-way light time (hours)17.2914.0616.6620.126.05
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.3-15.9-18.5
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19