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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)133.181111.165132.871159.42855.592
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.89811.17315.29016.94113.746
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5102.3573.2253.5742.900
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 51'-58° 50'12° 15'-20° 11'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 55m20h 8m17h 17m19h 19m
Distance from Earth (AU)133.431111.338133.094159.19355.841
One-way light time (hours)18.5015.4318.4522.077.74
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