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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:56 PM

NASA Voyager 1 Probe Encounters New Region in Deep Space

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Dec. 03, 2012 RELEASE : 12-416 NASA Voyager 1 Probe Encounters New Region in Deep Space

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.

Scientists refer to this new region as a magnetic highway for charged particles because our sun's magnetic field lines are connected to interstellar magnetic field lines. This connection allows lower-energy charged particles that originate from inside our heliosphere, or the bubble of charged particles the sun blows around itself, to zoom out and allows higher-energy particles from outside to stream in. Before entering this region, the charged particles bounced around in all directions, as if trapped on local roads inside the heliosphere.

The Voyager team infers this region is still inside our solar bubble because the direction of the magnetic field lines has not changed. The direction is predicted to change when Voyager breaks through to interstellar space. The new results were described at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on Monday.

"Although Voyager 1 still is inside the sun's environment, we now can taste what it's like on the outside because the particles are zipping in and out on this magnetic highway," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. "We believe this is the last leg of our journey to interstellar space. Our best guess is it's likely just a few months to a couple years away. The new region isn't what we expected, but we've come to expect the unexpected from Voyager."

More:
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/dec/HQ_12-416_Voyager_New_Region.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:58 PM

1. Didn't it run into some alien technology and come back looking for whales? n/t

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Response to Cary (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:26 PM

14. That was Voyager 6....and it wasn't looking for whales. (nt)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:23 PM

15. It's kind of.difficult to get.a whale song without whales.

And the crew of the enterprise went back in time on a Klingon ship in order to get those whales, explaining the discovery of transparent aluminum.

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Response to Cary (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:52 PM

16. Star Trek I was the one about the returned Voyager probe.

Star Trek IV is the one about the whales and the Klingon ship and time travel. The probe in that movie was never really identified.

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:06 AM

18. So it could have been Voyager I! n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:04 PM

2. When Voyager 1 left our solar system, there were 9 planets.

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Response to lob1 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:10 PM

3. Well, don't let it out of the solar system with one...

...or we'll never see it again.

Stop, Thief!!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:34 PM

4. Pluto was just a Goofy little planet anyway

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Response to riqster (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:42 AM

10. That's a Daffy attitude, in my book. It kinda Bugs me that someone would say that.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:28 AM

19. I wanted to answer this,

But I drew a Blanc.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 07:53 PM

6. I laughed out loud at your comment...nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 08:07 PM

7. Love The Graphic From ArsTechnica... And REMEMBER... The Rest Of The Universe Will See Us Naked...


The Voyagers have both reached the heliosheath at the edge of the Solar System, but Voyager 1 has hit a region of it we didn't know was there.

Link: http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/12/voyager-1-spots-new-region-at-the-edge-of-the-solar-system/

On the Nekkid Part:



Conservatives should be concerned.




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Response to WillyT (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:46 AM

11. Space Porn -- GASP! --

subsidized by tax $$$s! Damn libruls!

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Response to WillyT (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:54 PM

13. That was from the Pioneer spacecraft that preceeded the Voyagers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_10#Pioneer_plaque

And, yeah, the conservatives shit bricks when that was published. LTTE in Tulsa, OK were crabbing about 'exporting pornography,' after filling this planet with it.

One Churchlady type suggested that the Pioneers should have featured a picture of 'praying hands.' My evil imagination came up with an image of aliens finding the Pioneer probe, seeing the plaque and remarking: "Ah, how beautiful! Two earth creatures mating!"

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:44 PM

8. The best bang for the buck... ever. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 02:55 AM

9. Some More Details


The space craft is 11.5 billion miles away from Earth and its been travelling for 35 years. For the next 14,000 years it will still be within the Oort Cloud which includes Trans-Neputunian Objects as far away from the Sun as 6 trillion miles.
https://www.impartial-review.com/stories/voyager-discovers-magnetic-highway-to-the-stars

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Response to toddmiller (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:47 AM

12. "Oort Cloud" sounds like an emission from Rush Limbaugh........

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Response to lastlib (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:32 PM

17. Both are huge, icy, and lifeless

But the Oort Cloud is worth studying!

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