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Rob July 3rd, 2013 3:46pm

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is now 11.5 billion miles from Earth. Scientists have determined, after reanalyzing data from last year, that the previously unidentified zone in which Voyager 1 now finds itself in is a...

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GrandmaALiCE
07/03/13 9:16 pm

I was just thinking about how this relates to the poll on mind reading vs. no written language. Look at how Frowner quickly shared knowledge here, with the power of written language. How can people think losing the ability to read $ write is trivial?

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/03/13 10:28 am

I'd be surprised to learn that anyone had ever (in modern times) seriously considered our solar system to be in any way special when compared to any other. It makes sense that at some distance you'd gradually leave the influence of our star behind.

svenalexander Land of the Ents
07/03/13 11:10 am

Even today, there are legions of ill-informed people. :(

Tony SOH Founder
07/03/13 1:45 pm

I think our solar system is special in all kinds of ways to the vast majority of others, and I don't think I'm particularly ill-informed.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/03/13 2:37 pm

Special to us, because it's home, but I meant in the sense of having a unique protective barrier surrounding it. The early models of the heliosheath have been in question for a few years, and data from the Voyagers seems to support the revised model.

Tony SOH Founder
07/03/13 2:42 pm

I don't mean special in a sentimental way. I mean special as in uncommonly suited to sustain intelligent life in all sorts of way. Most likely not uniquely so, but that doesn't make it less special.

Tony SOH Founder
07/03/13 2:44 pm

We're just talking semantics here I think.

Tony SOH Founder
07/03/13 2:46 pm

But your statement made it sound like anyone who thinks our solar system is "in any way special" must be an uneducated caveman. Seemed a bit broad...

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/03/13 2:57 pm

Yeah, I've still got a lot of work to do on my phrasing. I was just thinking that the popularity of scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson and shows like Nova have made what would have been specialized knowledge a few decades ago common knowledge today.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/03/13 3:08 pm

Not to mention the Interwebs and accessibility to sites like NASA.gov and badastronomy.com

Zimmeress Make Me Laugh
07/03/13 10:21 am

That is so freaking cool!!

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Zimmeress Make Me Laugh
07/03/13 3:43 pm

I'm totally excited about any news that gives us more information in our solar system and beyond. It's so complicated but really interesting to hear about. Especially now that anyone that has access to the Internet and tv can get that info right now.

eLucidate writing
07/03/13 10:03 am

Pretty amazing for a 74kb processor.

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eLucidate writing
07/03/13 10:03 am

64*** I quit.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
07/03/13 10:06 am

Quitters never prosper ..

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
07/03/13 9:48 am

Could've been something like Voyager now finds itself in a... Drug induced hallucinogenic trance, Mexican prison, 80s time warp weekend... Gray area of the solar system/interstellar spacd is pretty boring.

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Rob Be Safe Be Smart
07/03/13 10:03 am

Sure.. its no Mexican prison, but I'm not sure 'boring' is the best disruption of the unknown cosmic bubble surrounding our solar system.

pipes
07/03/13 8:59 am

Unrelated, but, how did scientists take pics of our galaxy? I didn't think they got that far away.

commonsense America isnt racist
07/03/13 9:15 am

They can't take a full pic from outside our galaxy. Just the part we can see.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
07/03/13 9:39 am

They have photos of the Known universe, made up from, as stated, what we can see.

MrMilkdud
07/03/13 8:57 am

I still say we'd better blow Voyager up before it turns into V-ger.

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svenalexander Land of the Ents
07/03/13 11:09 am

I'm waiting for some alien to detect it and trace it back to Earth.

eLucidate writing
07/03/13 11:14 am

Sven- NASA actually addresses that concern in their FAQ Voyager section. Apparently a lot of people share that concern.

svenalexander Land of the Ents
07/03/13 11:17 am

Thing is, it could be good/bad/indifferent. I'm just curious as to what would happen.

For all we know, some alien race could have already found it and left it alone.

JollyMan93 Big Sky Guy
07/03/13 8:54 am

Space makes you realize how small we are

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Rob Be Safe Be Smart
07/03/13 8:48 am

"...a region called the heliosphere depletion area. This previously unidentified zone is characterized by a dramatic spike in cosmic rays – that exotic stuff streaming in from stars – and an extreme decline in particles from the sun."

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pipes
07/03/13 8:50 am

So what does that mean for science's sake?

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
07/03/13 8:52 am

.."What has become obvious is there is no true edge to the solar system. Instead, the solar system has a fuzzy, transitional area which is not quite solar system and not quite interstellar space."

pipes
07/03/13 8:58 am

Ok, interesting.....makes sense though. It's just a bunch of stars with solar systems and some gray area in between.

Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
07/03/13 11:45 am

That is really interesting and cool! Thanks for sharing, Frowner!