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[DN] Voyager 1 Detects Weirdness at Solar System Edge

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Voyager 1 is the most distant man-made object and is thought to have recently escaped the sun's sphere of influence. The probe, launched 35 years ago, is therefore mankind's first interstellar vehicle careening into the vast expanse of space between the stars.

Needless to say, as one of two deep space probes launched in 1977, Voyager 1 has explored previously unknown regions of the solar system, making groundbreaking discoveries as it went. Now, in a new paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, scientists analyzing data streaming from the spacecraft have uncovered a small mystery right at the solar system's magnetic boundary with the interstellar medium. She may be old, but you can't keep a good probe down.

Pretty cool, i always love space news.

Space just fascinates me tremendously
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any idea what it is yet?
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2 particule /second?wow a lot of researcher must be happy!why?this is the closest they ever been to a vacuum state.so we literally emit all the particule via colliding with the solar magnetic etc wind and the rest of the particule.if the data colected is accurate?this means they can know relaticly accuratly at what pace our solar system go!and what is condition are neeeded to repeat these situation in lab!this is huge news!
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It's close to the end of this level,

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and with the mars probe they got a relay station that can communicate with voyager!cheer for science!
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that these magnetic fluctuations are somehow energizing charged particles within the heliosheath, boosting the number of high-energy particle detections.

But we shall have to wait for confirmation
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OP was a little vague, but the source provided goes into more detail.

"According to theory, as the magnetic field begins to fluctuate, the number of high-energy cosmic rays should decrease inside the heliosheath -- charged cosmic rays entering the solar system should become scattered by the magnetic fluctuations, decreasing the number of detections by Voyager 1. Looking at data through 2010, the researchers actually found the opposite to be true -- as the magnetic field became more chaotic, the number of high-energy particles increased."

The low energy particles basically disappeared from detection since it's outside the suns influence, but high energy particles went up. Theory is there, but time will tell once they analyze more findings.

I'm wondering though.. it the theory on the bow shock is correct... will it be proven when it destroys our probe?
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for all we know it could be mars it self sending data and not voyager!how to confirm?(where is anonymous when you need them?)grin
Edited by drbaltazar - 10/31/12 at 9:03am
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They've detected the warp signature of an alien race that will upgrade (and accidentally corrupt) Voyager and send it home, where it will find an infestation of carbon-based units and attempt to terminate them.
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They've detected the warp signature of an alien race that will upgrade (and accidentally corrupt) Voyager and send it home, where it will find an infestation of carbon-based units and attempt to terminate them.

Too much star trek. This is what happens when you leave the TV on at night tongue.gif
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