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NASA's Voyager reaches the edge of our solar system

After more then 30 years of traveling, Voyager 1 spacecraft entered the "no men's land" between our solar system and the rest of the space.

  Author: mat | Source: theverge.com | 6th December 2011  

Voyager 1 is about 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) away from the sun and has crossed the new territory dividing our solar system and interstellar space. This new territory NASA's scientists call the "stagnation region".

In this territory  the solar wind, made of particles which are created by the sun calmed down, the magnetic field is more compact and the high-energy particles in our solar system are leaking out into the space.

The Voyager 1 is for now the most distant manmade object in space but has not yet reached the interstellar space. The spacecraft Voyager 1 is traveling at a speed of 330 million miles (531 million kilometers) a day for 35 years, scientist say it could cross the edge and entered the interstellar space in a few months or in a few years, and it appears to be in a top condition.

You can see the Voyager 1 achievements summarized in the following video:


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NikMan, 6th Dec 2011, 11:48 PM
It's interesting that distance from us to Voyager 1 is just 12 light hours and the closest galaxy is 2.3 milllion light years.

I hope that James Webb Space Telescope will give us much detailed informations than Hubble in next years.
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mat, 7th Dec 2011, 12:51 AM
Yes NikMan, the pictures James Webb is goin to take are probably going to take our breaths away for sure, and again make us think how small we are
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