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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)124.177102.758121.487146.62045.138
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.93911.23115.33116.97014.012
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5182.3693.2343.5802.956
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 47'-58° 26'12° 19'-20° 33'
Right ascension5h 13m18h 49m20h 0m17h 12m19h 6m
Distance from Earth (AU)124.547102.063120.852146.36144.383
One-way light time (hours)17.2614.1516.7520.296.15
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