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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)122.734101.410119.667144.56943.447
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.94611.24215.33816.97514.067
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5202.3713.2363.5812.967
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 56'-57° 42'12° 2'-20° 31'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 51m20h 1m17h 15m19h 11m
Distance from Earth (AU)122.029102.308120.437145.12244.390
One-way light time (hours)16.9114.1816.6920.126.15
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.7-16.3-15.9-18.5
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19