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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by pearl, May 24, 2022.

  1. pearl

    pearl Well-Known Member

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    A NASA image of one of the Voyager space probes. Voyager 1 and its identical sister craft Voyager 2 were launched in 1977 to study the outer Solar System and eventually interstellar space. NASA/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

    On Sept. 5, 1977, NASA launched a space probe named Voyager 1 into the cosmos. Nearly 45 years later, much to the delighted astonishment of astronomers throughout the world, it is still humming along as it travels far past Pluto.
    left the bounds of our solar system — and now it is giving off strange readings that scientists are struggling to understand.
    In fact, Voyager 1 has traveled so far that it has left the bounds of our solar system — and now it is giving off strange readings that scientists are struggling to understand.

    The mystery likely has something to do with the fact that Voyager 1 is the farthest artificial object in space. At a distance of 14.5 billion miles away from Earth, Voyager 1 passed through the heliopause in 2012. The heliopause is the barrier separating the Sun's solar winds from the interstellar medium, or all of the matter and radiation that exist in the space in-between various solar systems in the galaxy. This means that Voyager 1 is literally in the interstellar void of the Milky Way.

    Humanity's most distant spacecraft is sending back weird signals from beyond our solar system (msn.com)
     
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    Yes, it's done very well. It's not too surprising that it is starting to send garbled signals now.

    But let's be clear: there is nothing about these signals that suggests the spacecraft is actually encountering anything unexpected or inexplicable.
     
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    No, its simply the time and distance, beyond anyone's expectations.
     
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    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    That's true but some of us can't help thinking of Star Trek's V'ger. ;)
     
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    Oh yes I remember that.
     
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    In a few centuries...

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