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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)135.866113.671136.274163.25258.683
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.88711.15715.27916.93413.685
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5082.3543.2233.5722.887
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 49'-59° 11'12° 21'-20° 8'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 56m20h 9m17h 17m19h 20m
Distance from Earth (AU)136.518113.407136.141162.69358.485
One-way light time (hours)18.9215.7218.8722.558.11
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.0-16.4-16.0-15.6-17.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19