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Solar system is bigger than previously thought

  1. Dec 4, 2012 #1
    Voyager spacecraft finds solar system is bigger than thought:

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/telecon20121203.html


    http://us.cnn.com/2012/12/03/us/space-voyager-solar-system/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
     
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  3. Mar 4, 2013 #2
    I don't understand how they say that they considered that Voyager 1 had left the solar system when it has not even yet cleared the heliopause or the sun's bow shock or the oort cloud which likely orbits our sun or at least is held by it, so by any definition is part of the solar system and then again after that we have the suns various electromagnetic field effects and its gravity that even at that distance still has influence ? Me thinks they jumped the gun by a long shot on this!
     
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