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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)133.716111.664133.548160.18956.208
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.89611.17015.28816.94013.733
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5092.3563.2253.5732.897
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 45'-59° 14'12° 26'-20° 12'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 54m20h 7m17h 15m19h 17m
Distance from Earth (AU)134.730110.767132.858159.36155.317
One-way light time (hours)18.6815.3518.4222.097.67
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.1-15.7-18.0
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19