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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)134.923112.791135.079161.90957.599
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.89111.16315.28316.93613.705
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5082.3553.2243.5732.891
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination26° 0'-9° 1'-59° 2'12° 2'-20° 23'
Right ascension5h 13m18h 53m20h 3m17h 15m19h 13m
ConstellationTaurusScutumPavoOphiuchusSagittarius
Distance from Earth (AU)133.949113.600135.689162.71258.393
One-way light time (hours)18.5715.7518.8122.558.09
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.0-16.4-16.0-15.7-17.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19
 

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