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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)128.032106.358126.356152.10149.632
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.92111.20515.31316.95713.885
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5152.3643.2303.5772.929
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 53'-58° 17'12° 11'-20° 18'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 54m20h 5m17h 16m19h 17m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)127.942106.837126.822152.14250.183
One-way light time (hours)17.7314.8117.5821.096.96
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.2
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19
 

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