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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)134.504112.400134.548161.31257.117
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.89311.16515.28516.93813.715
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5092.3553.2243.5732.893
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination26° 1'-8° 56'-59° 17'12° 11'-20° 25'
Right ascension5h 14m18h 52m20h 2m17h 14m19h 11m
Distance from Earth (AU)134.153112.343134.418161.64056.992
One-way light time (hours)18.6015.5718.6322.417.90
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.4-16.1-15.7-17.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19