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Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Science |

Voyager 1 has entered a new area of space at the end of the solar system

Voyager 1 has entered a new area of space at the end of the solar system


35 years after leaving Earth, the is reaching what appears to be the final area of the solar system, a step of interstellar space. The region was called “magnetic highway”, and is the area where the sun’s magnetic field is connected with the magnetic field lines from outer space, and where charged particles leave and join the – the area of influence sol.

“Although Voyager 1 is still within the atmosphere of the Sun, we can feel what it’s like outside because the particles are moving in and out of the magnetic highway. We believe this is the last part of our journey into interstellar space. Our best estimate is that it can last from a few months to a few years. This new region is not as we expected, but we have come to expect the unexpected from Voyager, “said the scientist Edward Stone.

Researchers say that this highway is still magnetic part of the because the data for the magnetic field that sends Voyager 1 has not changed. It is expected that when the probe reaches interstellar space, the data changes, as changed when the ship crossed the point where solar winds down.

Furthermore, the amount of charged particles that may involve the probe is outside the heliosphere. “If we judge only charged particle data, we think outside the heliosphere. But we have to watch what we say all the instruments, and only time will tell if our interpretation is correct on this border, “the researcher charged particle instrument Stamatios Krimigis.

The probe Voyager 1 takes about two years on the edge of the solar system, sending data on how this area of space, which was previously only known by assumptions. The probe is about 17,000 million kilometers from the sun.

Link: NASA Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space (NASA)

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