Voyager 1: beyond the edge of the solar system at last?
This graph may hold the tell-tale pieces of data showing that Voyager 1 has left the Solar System. The sudden reduction in the number of charged particles that hit the craft’s detectors signal that it crossed some sort of boundary in September. Perhaps this means that it is no longer being bombarded by the solar wind, and that it has reached interstellar space?
(via Basic Space)
Just another indication of how little we’ve explored our own Solar System (to say nothing of the entire galaxy): we can’t even verify if a probe that we launched 35 years ago has definitively left the Solar System yet.
This thing has been flying 24 hours a day, faced with no resistance, for three decades and it may have only just recently left our neighborhood! Kinda makes all your “huge” problems on this Tuesday seem rather laughable, no?
(Note: don’t forget that this probe carries the golden record, to introduce humanity to any intelligent life with whom it may cross paths. Though because people were/are stupid and complained about naked cartoons on the earlier Pioneer plaque, there are no naked photos of humans on the Voyager gold record, merely silhouettes. Thanks, Puritans.)