Magnetic bubbles may mean Voyager 1 has left the Solar System

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    Aug 24, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    If true, this is historic.

    Leaving the Solar System is like leaving any familiar territory without maps — you have no idea what’s coming next, or even what you’ve just journeyed through. Such is the fate of NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, which, at 18.7 billion kilometres from the Sun, has been flirting with the edge of interstellar space for the past year. Conflicting data from its various experiments suggest that it both has and hasn’t left the Solar System.

    Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Maryland has a new explanation for what the probe has been seeing. And they claim that the signal NASA has been waiting for to say Voyager 1 is in interstellar space — a change in magnetic field direction — isn’t that relevant after all.

    It all comes down to how to interpret magnetism at the Solar System’s edge. The Sun’s magnetic field dominates throughout a bubble of space enclosing the Solar System. Beyond that bubble, the magnetic field of interstellar space takes over. The question is what happens at the boundary between these two regions.


    http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/08/magnetic-bubbles-may-mean-voyager-1-has-left-the-solar-system.html
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    Aug 25, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    Cool
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    Aug 25, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    It's been a long time coming. I wonder what the information coming from Voyager II is telling us? That one pinged off at a different plane from the Solar System at Saturn, didn't it?
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    Aug 25, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    The two Voyager probes are an amazing achievement.
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    Aug 26, 2013 2:18 PM GMT
    So it's not even intergalactic yet? Where's the flying car I was promised?

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    Nov 10, 2013 1:47 PM GMT
    CNN news just announced that they are probably billions of Earth-like planets in our solar system. Hahahahaha.
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    Nov 10, 2013 1:54 PM GMT
    I thought the newscaster mispoke... they're serious.
    ???
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    Nov 15, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    I think it will be difficult to precisely tell when it leaves the solar system, but it surely must be getting close to that point if it hasn't passed it already.
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    Nov 15, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
    thebearerofbadnews saidi'm angry the fact that my tax dollars are being used for pointless space explorations that get destroyed by the fucking sun. nasa, give me a fucking job.


    So if an asteroid hits the Earth, humans all die, and satellites didn't pick it up, who will blame NASA for failing to inform us?
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    Nov 15, 2013 2:07 PM GMT
    GoNYMets2012 saidConflicting data from its various experiments suggest that it both has and hasn’t left the Solar System.


  • secondstartot...

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    Nov 15, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
    thebearerofbadnews saidi'm angry the fact that my tax dollars are being used for pointless space explorations that get destroyed by the fucking sun. nasa, give me a fucking job.


    really ???




    exactly how much of you tax dollar is spent on NASA have you any idea ?

  • The_Guruburu

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    Nov 15, 2013 2:54 PM GMT
    secondstartotheright said
    thebearerofbadnews saidi'm angry the fact that my tax dollars are being used for pointless space explorations that get destroyed by the fucking sun. nasa, give me a fucking job.


    really ???




    exactly how much of you tax dollar is spent on NASA have you any idea ?



    Thank you. People are so ignorant sometimes all the time...

    Plus I love me some Neil DeGrasse Tyson.icon_biggrin.gif
  • The_Guruburu

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    Nov 15, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    thebearerofbadnews saidi'm angry the fact that my tax dollars are being used for pointless space explorations that get destroyed by the fucking sun. nasa, give me a fucking job.


    NASA doesn't just "give" jobs to fools off the street. Do you have any skills they'd want?