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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)131.061109.186130.187156.41053.143
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.90711.18615.29916.94813.799
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5122.3603.2273.5752.911
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 45'-58° 54'12° 25'-20° 13'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 54m20h 7m17h 15m19h 18m
Distance from Earth (AU)132.005108.496129.688155.62552.486
One-way light time (hours)18.3015.0417.9821.577.28
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.1-15.7-18.1
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19