MIT Space Plasma Group
Voyager Plasma Science Experiment
As of 31 December 2016, Voyager 2 was approximately
10.591 billion miles from Earth
(113.163 Astronomical Units from the Sun),
well beyond the orbit of Pluto.
Voyager 2 is leaving the solar system at 36,000 miles per hour,
which is 3.2 AU per year,
or 1 light year per 18,600 years.
On the same date, the light travel time from Voyager 2 to
Earth was approximately 15 hours, 47 minutes, 39 seconds.
Data are returned from
the spacecraft at 160 bits per second, using a transmitter
with about 25 watts (!) of power.
For more details, see the real time odometer of distance
from the Earth and the Sun
Where Are the Voyagers
For more information contact John Richardson at MIT
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