How Far Away is the Voyager Spacecraft?


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The Voyager Spacecraft

The title was a trick question.  Did you know that there are actually two Voyager Spacecraft and that one of these two probes are farther away from Earth than any other man made object!

The Voyager Spacecraft are actually twins.  They were named Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.  They were both launched in 1977 and have been traveling toward the edge the solar system ever since.  The primary purpose of the Voyager Mission was to study Jupiter and Saturn.  Voyager 2 went beyond Saturn and also explored Uranus and Neptune.  It passed Neptune on August 25, 1989 and is the only spacecraft that has ever been to those two planets.  That was 22 years ago.

Get this – both spacecraft are still working and still transmitting scientific data about their surroundings through the Deep Space Network.

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Voyager Spacecraft Location

So where are they now and where are they going?  Voyager 1’s last stop was Saturn’s moon, Titan.  It’s trajectory took it northward out of the ecliptic plane.  It’s estimated Voyager 1 is currently about 10 billion miles away from the Sun.  That’s about .00183 light years.  It’s not traveling directly toward any star and will continue traveling at away from Earth forever until it runs into something.

Voyager 2 is approximately 93 astronomical units or 8.6 billion miles away from the sun.  It isn’t heading toward any particular star either.  It should pass by Sirius (the Dog Star) in about 296,000 years.



4 Responses to “How Far Away is the Voyager Spacecraft?”

  • mike says:

    wonder which way voyager went north east south or west

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  • bhupendra pattni says:

    Recently it was in the news that one of the Voyager has already now left the solar system so does that meant this Voyager be able to send us better pictures of the deep space.Secondly just a general question: Is this the only Universe (that we are in with billions of stars)or are there other Unverse exist beyond our Cosmos?

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  • hailey says:

    I am doing a project on this

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  • Neil C. H. says:

    I wonder if we would know if ether one of the voyagers hit something out in space?

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