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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)125.719104.198123.434148.81246.939
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.93111.22115.32416.96513.958
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5172.3673.2323.5792.945
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 55'-8° 48'-58° 9'12° 17'-20° 18'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 54m20h 5m17h 15m19h 16m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)126.114104.220123.541148.45847.029
One-way light time (hours)17.4814.4517.1220.586.52
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.3
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19
 

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