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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)124.792103.332122.262147.49345.856
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.93611.22715.32816.96813.990
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5182.3683.2333.5792.951
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination26° 0'-8° 58'-58° 8'12° 1'-20° 36'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 49m19h 59m17h 13m19h 7m
Distance from Earth (AU)123.885103.985122.734148.25246.488
One-way light time (hours)17.1714.4117.0120.556.44
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