• Humanity escapes the solar system: Voyager 1 signals that it has reached the edge of interstellar sp
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[B]Good news everyone.[/B] [quote]With absolutely no attempt at hyperbole at all, it is fair to say that this is one of - if not the - biggest achievement of the human race. For, as we speak, an object conceived in the human mind, and built by our tools, and launched from our planet, is sailing out of the further depths of our solar system - and will be the first object made by man to sail out into interstellar space. The Voyager 1, built by Nasa and launched in 1977 has spent the last 35 years steadily increasing its distance from Earth, and is now now 17,970,000,000km - or 11,100,000,000miles - away, travelling at 10km a second. Indications over the last week implies that Voyager 1 is now leaving the heliosphere - the last vestige of this solar system. [IMG]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/04/26/article-2135653-12C881F6000005DC-512_634x357.jpg[/IMG] The Atlantic reports that the Voyager 1 - which is still managing to communicate with Earth with radio waves that reach us 16 hours later - is beginning to experience a bit of heat. It is detecting more energetic particles around it, implying it it at the very edge of the heliosheath, which is like a bubble around the solar system, protecting us from the cosmic winds of deep space. The Voyager entered the heliosphere in 2004 According to The Atlantic, certain cosmic rays have a hard time entering the heliosphere, but as of last month, the sum of these slower particles increased by about 10 per cent. This does not necessarily mean we have crossed over - but it means we are getting close. [IMG]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/12/06/article-0-0F13994A00000578-670_634x501.jpg[/IMG] Voyager scientist Edward Stone told The Atlantic: 'This is the first time any spacecraft has been there. 'We're looking at our data every day - we listen to these spacecraft every day, for a few hours every day - to keep track of what's going on. ... It's very exciting from a scientific point of view, when you're seeing something that nobody's seen before. 'Since nothing's ever been there before, we don't know what it will look like, which makes it a little hard to recognize "it" at all. 'That's the exciting thing.' It will be hard to define when Voyager has left. It will not be a clean break - the molecules will thin out less, and there will be no wall or set boundary. What will the Voyager find out there? Probably close to an absolute vacuum, save for a few long-range comets which still orbit the sun. Scientists expect to see several telltale signs when Voyager 1 finally crosses the boundary including a change in the magnetic field direction and the type of wind. Interstellar wind is slower, colder and denser than solar wind. --------------------- This is a graph of [particles/sec] v [time] [img]http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/files/2012/06/v1pg.12m-600x461.gif[/img] Voyager website: [URL]http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/where/index.html[/URL] --------------------- Source: [URL]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2159359/Humanity-escapes-solar-Voyager-1-signals-reached-edge-interstellar-space.html[/URL] [/quote]
Brings new meaning to the phrase "to infinity and beyond." Hopefully, Voyager won't end up in the Delta Quadrant.
And now: we wait for aliens.
fucking sweet
take me with you voyager 1 :(
fuck yes, space.
The solar system is shaped like a cell?
Daily news must be the latest news source ever, there has been reports since a year ago that its coming close, but close to us and space is a big difference. Though they do expect it to pass by the time voyager dies
Take care, V'ger
It won't leave the suns gravitational well for 10's of thousands of years, but the particle count has now changed to what is expected in this environment, and the timed signal pulsation is giving us this distance approximation.
Damn thing is a tough son of a bitch.
[QUOTE=Dysgalt;36331738]Damn thing is a tough son of a bitch.[/QUOTE] I would love to think that thousands of years in the future we could catch up with it and bring it back home.
FuDy does not like science, apparently.
I'm rather worried that it's going to run into something unexpected when it breaks the heliopause and we lose contact with it.
[QUOTE=Bradyns;36331729]It won't leave the suns gravitational well for 10's of thousands of years, but the particle count has now changed to what is expected in this environment, and the timed signal pulsation is giving us this distance approximation.[/QUOTE] For something to escape the gravitational influence of something it needs to go infinity distance away from that something, so, yeah, that's a bit silly to say.
This is a pretty nice thing to read before you go to sleep
[QUOTE=Kendra;36331826]For something to escape the gravitational influence of something it needs to go infinity distance away from that something, so, yeah, that's a bit silly to say.[/QUOTE] a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_well]gravity well[/url] is not the same thing as a gravitational influence it is absolutely something that can be escaped with enough energy. it's just another kind of potential well
[QUOTE=Kendra;36331826]For something to escape the gravitational influence of something it needs to go infinity distance away from that something, so, yeah, that's a bit silly to say.[/QUOTE] You know what I meant. -.-' When it is so far as to not call the Sun the primary gravitational source, and wanders around the Milky way. You won't see astrophysicists taking Alpha Centauri into account when launching a satellite around Earth -- because it's not the primary influence of gravity.
Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere :v:
what about voyager 2, no one ever talks about voyager 2
[QUOTE=ZombieDawgs;36331933]Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere :v:[/QUOTE] dear god it'll be a catastrophe, all the space air will leak out
Think about it for a moment: The Voyager is out in space, billions of miles away. Even Sol is just a small spot among the million stars dotting the void around it. It floats in silence, shrouded in pitch darkness, surrounded by literally nothing at all, getting further and further away from Earth, its place of creation, and it will never return. It will keep on moving, provided nothing gets in its way, even if it ceases to function and will be only a hunk of useless metal, maybe even when Earth and Sol exists no more. A single, cosmic statement that mankind exists.
[QUOTE=ZombieDawgs;36331933]Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere :v:[/QUOTE] We'll impregnate space and have to care for space's baby for the next trillion years.
[QUOTE=Géza!;36332062]Think about it for a moment: The Voyager is out in space, billions of miles away. Even Sol is just a small spot among the million stars dotting the void around it. It floats in silence, shrouded in pitch darkness, surrounded by literally nothing at all, getting further and further away from Earth, its place of creation, and it will never return. It will keep on moving, provided nothing gets in its way, even if it ceases to function and will be only a hunk of useless metal, maybe even when Earth and Sol exists no more. A single, cosmic testatement that mankind exists.[/QUOTE] good thing we didn't leave anyone in there that would be fucking terrifying even if you could get back safely the ultimate loneliness
[QUOTE=En Ex;36331549]Brings new meaning to the phrase "to infinity and beyond." Hopefully, Voyager won't end up in the Delta Quadrant.[/QUOTE] Yeah well maybe if Janeway knew how to set a FUCKING FUSE that show was terrible.
[QUOTE=ZombieDawgs;36331933]Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere :v:[/QUOTE] Somewhat related i just recently had a native american elder come in to one of my classes to talk about canada's history. She had no real idea what she was talking about (apparently columbus discovered canada in the 1800's!) and said we were destroying the earth by sending satellites poking holes in the ozone layer.
[QUOTE=Capitulazyguy;36332225]Yeah well maybe if Janeway knew how to set a FUCKING FUSE that show was terrible.[/QUOTE] Hell no Voyager was god damn awesome.
[QUOTE=DesolateGrun;36331699]Daily news must be the latest news source ever, there has been reports since a year ago that its coming close, but close to us and space is a big difference. Though they do expect it to pass by the time voyager dies[/QUOTE] Better source: [url]http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-12/voyager-1-arrives-outward-reaches-solar-wind-prepares-interstellar-space[/url]
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;36331809]FuDy does not like science, apparently.[/QUOTE] he's a time traveler he knows that voyager 1 leaving the heliosphere will cause the apocalypse, however, he can only warn us via dumb ratings
Voyager, such a fitting name.
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