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Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *This Close* to Leaving Our Solar System
The Atlantic ^ | June 13, 2012 | Rebecca J. Rosen

Posted on 06/14/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT by C19fan

ast week, in the corners of the Internet devoted to outer space, things started to get a little, well, hot. Voyager 1, the man-made object farthest away from Earth, was encountering a sharp uptick in the number of a certain kind of energetic particles around it. Had the spacecraft become the first human creation to "officially" leave the solar system?

It's hard to overstate how wild an accomplishment this would be: A machine, built here on Earth by the brain- and handiwork of humans, has sailed from Florida, out of Earth's orbit, beyond Mars, beyond the gas giants of Jupiter and Saturn, and may now have left the heliosphere -- tiny dot in the universe beholden to our sun. Had it really happened? How would we know?

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TOPICS: Science; UFO's
KEYWORDS: voyager; voyager1
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Looking forward to Voyager's return as V'Ger.
1 posted on 06/14/2012 7:16:37 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: KevinDavis

Space Ping.


2 posted on 06/14/2012 7:18:08 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: C19fan

I say it hasn’t left the solar system till it passes the Ort cloud which it won’t even reach for thousands of years.


3 posted on 06/14/2012 7:19:19 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: C19fan; mikrofon; martin_fierro
beyond the gas giants of Jupiter and Saturn. . . .

Beyond the gas giant of Uranus?

4 posted on 06/14/2012 7:21:32 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Somebody had to say it.)
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To: cripplecreek

Here’s hoping it doesn’t come back.


5 posted on 06/14/2012 7:21:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


6 posted on 06/14/2012 7:22:15 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: C19fan
I'm looking forward to the bald chick.


7 posted on 06/14/2012 7:23:30 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yup, just as the headline says. *this close* = thousands of years.

:-)


8 posted on 06/14/2012 7:23:58 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: C19fan
I don't think its even reached the outer extent of Pluto's orbit yet.

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9 posted on 06/14/2012 7:23:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: C19fan

Pretty cool. I say we build another ship, even faster, and see if we can catch up to it.


10 posted on 06/14/2012 7:25:07 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: C19fan

Wolowitz isn’t far behind!


11 posted on 06/14/2012 7:27:18 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: C19fan
Current location.

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12 posted on 06/14/2012 7:29:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Dead Corpse
Pretty cool. I say we build another ship, even faster, and see if we can catch up to it.

OK, But only if we paint it orange and put a Confederate battle flag on top and "01" on the sides.

13 posted on 06/14/2012 7:31:26 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: C19fan

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Voyager 1 when it leaves the heliopause. Will the interstellar medium/stellar wind have an adverse effect on it?


14 posted on 06/14/2012 7:32:25 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: ctdonath2

As of yesterday the New Horizons craft is less than 9 AU from its Pluto flyby. In August the Curiosity rover is due to land on mars.


15 posted on 06/14/2012 7:33:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: C19fan

This is awful.

It does absolutely nothing to make the Muslim planet feel better about itself.

/sarc
planet = “world”


16 posted on 06/14/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: C19fan
Looking forward to Voyager's return as V'Ger

Or as V'Giny
17 posted on 06/14/2012 7:35:56 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: C19fan

The solar system is just an elaborate sound stage the CIA zapped with a shrink ray and stores in a mason jar at Area 51.


18 posted on 06/14/2012 7:36:16 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Charles Henrickson; mikrofon; C19fan
Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *This Close* to Leaving Our Solar System

She's been saying this for years. Drama queen. Talk about an opus!

19 posted on 06/14/2012 7:39:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Get Lost In Space, already)
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To: Lazamataz
"I'm looking forward to the bald chick."

Yeah, but for all you know, she may EAT you (and not in a good way). Also, exactly how bald is she I wonder?

20 posted on 06/14/2012 7:42:08 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: C19fan

They have been saying this about these space probes for years!

We need to build a ionpowered space probe that only has a goal of seeing how fast we can get it going. Something like a flying nuclear rocket with a constant ion engine on it. I wanna see humans hit at least 1% the speed of light before I croak.


21 posted on 06/14/2012 7:46:52 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Lazamataz

Ah yes, Persis Khambatta. Pity that she died in 1998.


22 posted on 06/14/2012 7:47:42 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 762X51
Or as V'Giny

V'Gina?
23 posted on 06/14/2012 7:48:50 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: C19fan
Looking forward to Voyager's return as V'Ger.

Just don't sing...


24 posted on 06/14/2012 7:49:14 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Cowman

“Yeah, its got a hemi...”


25 posted on 06/14/2012 7:50:06 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: cripplecreek

IF it exists...............


26 posted on 06/14/2012 7:50:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: GraceG

http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/


27 posted on 06/14/2012 7:52:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Red Badger

Personally I think the Ort cloud isn’t a shell around our solar system but is just the standard stuff that exists in interstellar space.


28 posted on 06/14/2012 7:57:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Lazamataz

“V ger”


29 posted on 06/14/2012 7:59:44 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Army Air Corps
Ah yes, Persis Khambatta. Pity that she died in 1998.

Worst day of my life.

Hers, too.

30 posted on 06/14/2012 7:59:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: SpinnerWebb

No, V’Giny. The FCC V Chip satellite collided with the United States Air Force’s Flying Destiny. It’s from Futurama. They spoofed the Star Trek V’Ger episode. It’s not funny when you have to explain it.


31 posted on 06/14/2012 8:05:40 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: cripplecreek

You may be right, but I’ll bet it’s over the rainbow. :-)


32 posted on 06/14/2012 8:07:21 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: C19fan

How do we get that gold record back? We need to melt it down to buy gas.


33 posted on 06/14/2012 8:12:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: GraceG

I’m hoping that once they put a VASIMIR engine on the ISS and test it fully that they will do something like you are proposing.


34 posted on 06/14/2012 8:19:32 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: cripplecreek

If it exists, the every star should have one similar. We should be able to detect Oort Clouds around most every star we look at. Why should our sun be so unique?

The comets and other junk are leftovers from some far supernovae or other destructive processes out in the universe, like bugs on your windshield on the interstate.......................


35 posted on 06/14/2012 8:23:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: C19fan

My thoughts exactly! lol


36 posted on 06/14/2012 8:23:42 AM PDT by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: C19fan

To quote Maxwell Smart, “Missed it by that much.”.


37 posted on 06/14/2012 8:23:58 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker
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To: C19fan

Twenty Five years to leave the sloar system? What a slow-poke. Thought it was already gone years ago.


38 posted on 06/14/2012 8:29:46 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: C19fan

Our generations ‘tower of babel’


39 posted on 06/14/2012 8:35:08 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: Lazamataz
"I got yer pon farr right here little darlin, how about cozyin' up that shiny dome of yours next to old Uncle Spock here for an old fashioned hoochie mama mind meld?"


40 posted on 06/14/2012 8:35:34 AM PDT by PT57A
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To: P.O.E.
The solar system is just an elaborate sound stage the CIA zapped with a shrink ray and stores in a mason jar at Area 51.

And Sheila Jackson Lee stills demands to see the flag that Neil Armstrong planted on Mars.


41 posted on 06/14/2012 8:39:14 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: C19fan

When will it reach NIBIRU...?


42 posted on 06/14/2012 9:19:13 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: GraceG
They have been saying this about these space probes for years!

I would appreciate if you didn't say "space" and "probes" in the same sentence.

Brings back bad memories. Ouch.

43 posted on 06/14/2012 9:20:48 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Lockbar
Twenty Five years to leave the sloar/solar system? What a slow-poke. Thought it was already gone years ago.

The definition of our Solar System has been getting changed in the 33 years of Voyager 1 & 2(1977). Obviously, at the time of their launch, most people and even many scientists would have put the boundary of the Solar System at the outermost planet, Pluto. Voyager 1 passed Pluto's orbit in May 1988 while Voyager 2 in August 1990. So you are correct in that milestone,

Now Pluto, even though it has been discovered to have a moon, has been demoted to a new category of 'dwarf planet' and now the furthest out is the similarly classified Eris. Recently discovered in 2005 at a current 3 times the distance of Pluto from the Sun or aphelion(max distance) of 97.5 AU (Astronomical Units, 1 AU is 93 million miles = Earth's orbit) to perihelion (min distance) of 37.7 AU (inside Pluto's aphelion.)

Voyager 1 is now at better than 120 AU while Voyager 2 is only[!] at 98 AU. So it is accurate only to say that Voyager 1 is well beyond the furthest discovered solid planet-like object (subject to change at any time!)

44 posted on 06/14/2012 10:33:15 AM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: DonkeyBonker; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson
“Missed it by that much.”


45 posted on 06/14/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT by mikrofon (Diff TOS Ep)
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To: Army Air Corps
Captain Decker was devastated, but eventually got together with that Whale Biologist & lived happily ever after....


46 posted on 06/14/2012 11:12:31 AM PDT by mikrofon (7th Heaven)
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To: cripplecreek

“This is space! ‘Course, we’re just in the beginning part of space, we-we haven’t even got to *outer* space yet!”
-Armageddon


47 posted on 06/14/2012 1:16:15 PM PDT by folkquest (Nothing is fool-proof because fools are so ingenious!)
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To: SES1066
Voyager 1 is well beyond the furthest discovered solid planet-like object (subject to change at any time!)

Its still inside the closest orbit of Sedna.
48 posted on 06/14/2012 1:26:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
Its still inside the closest orbit of Sedna.

Au contraire mon ami. According to my info, Sedna (IAU 90377) is approaching its ±11,400 year perihelion of ±76.361 AU before swinging out to its eye-popping aphelion of ±937 AU. Whew, talk about eccentricity!

Since Voyager 1 is at 120+ AU, that puts it beyond that lowly vacation spot of Sedna.

I will say that we taxpayers have really gotten our money's worth out of these probes that are estimated to be able to keep reporting for another 10-13 years (47 years total!)

Happy 237th Birthday to the US Army and Happy Flag Day!

49 posted on 06/14/2012 2:36:39 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: SES1066

Thank ya, fer the correction.


50 posted on 06/14/2012 2:40:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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