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Sun Sends More 'Tsunami Waves' to Voyager 1

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:19 PM

Sun Sends More 'Tsunami Waves' to Voyager 1


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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a new "tsunami wave" from the sun as it sails through interstellar space. Such waves are what led scientists to the conclusion, in the fall of 2013, that Voyager had indeed left our sun's bubble, entering a new frontier.

"Normally, interstellar space is like a quiet lake," said Ed Stone of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, the mission's project scientist since 1972. "But when our sun has a burst, it sends a shock wave outward that reaches Voyager about a year later. The wave causes the plasma surrounding the spacecraft to sing."

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:49 AM

It has recently been announced that Voyager 1 has officially departed the Solar System and is in Interstellar space!  This is a huge achievement that took 36 years to accomplish...
Farewell Voyager, long may you travel...

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 01:29 AM

I thought they already made their minds up about that.  Anyway, bon voyage vger.


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:29 AM

Wouldn't it be funny, if in a hundred million years, it hit the Earth again?


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:13 PM

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:22 PM

View PostLikely Guy, on 09 July 2014 - 02:29 AM, said:

Wouldn't it be funny, if in a hundred million years, it hit the Earth again?

Considering how much we know about 'the edge of the Solar system' it could just bounce off 'something' and return back :)

I guess it will take next 5 years, at least, to confirm that Vojager 1 is in interstellar space. I was sure that it has gotten there last year :(

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:39 PM

So if i understand correctly, when there's no more sun's plasma hitting the Voyager probe, they will  assume it went out the sun's  reach, therefore out of the solar system? I am just wondering how do they know this probe is travelling straight ahead and not simply moving in circles within our solar system boundaries.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:57 PM

This certainly emphasizes the futility of traveling to another star system given our current level of technology, 36 years and we are only now leaving our own solar system. And this, I believe, is the fastest object humanity has launched into space, due largely to the "sling-shot" effect of using the gravity of the outer planets. No one who launches a probe to another star will live long enough to know if it arrived. :(


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:12 PM

View PostTaun, on 09 July 2014 - 12:49 AM, said:

It has recently been announced that Voyager 1 has officially departed the Solar System and is in Interstellar space!  This is a huge achievement that took 36 years to accomplish...
Farewell Voyager, long may you travel...

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 04:35 PM

View PostSir Smoke aLot, on 11 July 2014 - 01:22 PM, said:



Considering how much we know about 'the edge of the Solar system' it could just bounce off 'something' and return back :
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i reckon, Sir, that if it was gonna hit something that, at that speed, would make it rebound, it wouldn't do it any favours at all!
besides, we all know we'll be seeing it again in 2273, when it comes back in Blofeld mode for some unfathomable reason.
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Posted 11 July 2014 - 05:02 PM

View Postqxcontinuum, on 11 July 2014 - 01:39 PM, said:

So if i understand correctly, when there's no more sun's plasma hitting the Voyager probe, they will  assume it went out the sun's  
reach, therefore out of the solar system? I am just wondering how do they know this probe is travelling straight ahead and not
simply moving in circles within our solar system boundaries.
It`still sending signals so its position and track can be determinated well.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 06:48 PM

View Posttoast, on 11 July 2014 - 05:02 PM, said:


It`still sending signals so its position and track can be determinated well.
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pretty obvious, really.
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Posted 12 July 2014 - 04:28 AM

This is awesome this thing is still working.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:34 AM

View PostSundew, on 11 July 2014 - 01:57 PM, said:

This certainly emphasizes the futility of traveling to another star system given our current level of technology, 36 years and we are only now leaving our own solar system. And this, I believe, is the fastest object humanity has launched into space, due largely to the "sling-shot" effect of using the gravity of the outer planets. No one who launches a probe to another star will live long enough to know if it arrived. :(

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 06:01 AM

Talk about bang for your buck!

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