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Voyager 2's journey toward interstellar space has revealed surprising insights into the energy and magnetic forces at the solar system's outer edge, and confirmed the solar system's squashed shape.

Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 continue to send data to Earth more than thirty years after they first launched. During the 1990s, Voyager 1 became the farthest manmade object in space.

Each spacecraft has now crossed the edge of the solar system, known as termination shock, where the outbound solar wind collides with inbound energetic particles from interstellar space. The termination shock surrounds the solar system and encloses a bubble called the heliosphere.

"The solar wind is blowing outward trying to inflate this bubble, and the pressure from interstellar wind is coming in," said Edward Stone, physicist and Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. He and other researchers published a series of studies in the journal Nature this week that detail the Voyager findings.
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post #2 of 98
Extremely interesting stuff.
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These subjects are interesting me more and more, I would be tempted to study more physics in college.
    
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While definitely interesting, what does it have to do with overclocking?
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Now Voyager just has to fall into a black hole and land on a machine planet. All hail V ger!
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While definitely interesting, what does it have to do with overclocking?
That's what I was thinking. I'm generally anti-NASA, but whatever.
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These subjects are interesting me more and more, I would be tempted to study more physics in college.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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While definitely interesting, what does it have to do with overclocking?
Well, what does the PS3 have to do with overclocking? And yet it gets posted here (in the News section). Think, man, think!

Considering that it's a story relevant to technology, hardware, and science...
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That is so ****ing cool. I love learning about anything space related. The final frontier baby.
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Well, what does the PS3 have to do with overclocking?
Well that would be a valid point if we didn't have a video game news section.

But last time I checked we don't have a NASA news section.
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