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Plasma data measured by Voyager 2 up through 12 June 2024 (2024/164)

Voyager 2 left our heliosphere and entered the local interstellar medium in 2018 and continues to travel outward at 36,000 miles per hour (which is 3.2 AU per year, or 1 light year per 18,600 years).

As of 12 June 2024, Voyager 2 was approximately 12.650 billion miles from Earth (136.786 Astronomical Units from the Sun).

On the same date, the light travel time from Voyager 2 to Earth was approximately 18 hours, 51 minutes, 50 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

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