It's pretty much up for debate. You could classify it as the oort cloud, but that's WAAAAY out there at around 1 light year I think. Voyager 1 is nowhere near it yet and wont be for a very very long time.Oh wow This is cool. I always thought the edge of our solar system was the Oort Cloud. Is this past that point or is it still coming?
It's not a battery, it's a radioisotope thermoelectric generator. They basically just let a couple of big blocks or pellets of plutonium sit there and decay. The natural decay process heats the block of plutonium up to several hundred degrees. There's a thermocouple connected to a heat sink that uses the heat generated by the plutonium to generate electricity, with the wasted heat radiated off into space via the heat exchangers in the heat sink.Also how in the world do they make a battery last 36 years? I know they said Plutonium but is it a reactor or a battery? How do you make a battery out of Plutonium?
It would also explain how Neptune and Uranus have their moons.
lol not likely the speed of the probe is approximately 17 km/sec, the nearest star other than our sun is 4.2 light years away. So at that speed it would take roughly 70,588 years to arrive.Is it possible that Voyager could continue to function until it reaches the next star?
I knew it was a long time such as that. :tongue:lol not likely the speed of the probe is approximately 17 km/sec, the nearest star other than our sun is 4.2 light years away. So at that speed it would take roughly 70,588 years to arrive.
assuming the travel speed from this link is correct and Voyager can maintain its currect speed.
edit forgot to calculate number of sec per year lol the above is only how long voyager would travel 4 light seconds also forgot to handle the travel per year for Voyager.
the corrected value is 17,647 years
scientists now have strong evidence that NASA's Voyager 1 probe has crossed this important border, making history as the first human-made object to leave the heliosphere, the magnetic boundary separating the solar system's sun, planets and solar wind from the rest of the galax
Depends how you define the solar system.Apparently it just exited our solar system!
Seems like a mistake somewhere. The Voyager spacecraft will keep on going away from the Sun, and they will orbit our Galaxy's center in separate orbits.yes, I saw that news on TV just as few minutes ago.
The lead scientist said istrumentation is being gradually turned off to conserve power and all systems will be shut down around 2025.....and Voyager will orbit our solar system from then on.
I did not quite understand that last part.
I just wish the world would wake up a realise that there is so much more to the universe than humanity and earth. I just hope I am alive the day we can confirm that we are not alone. Cmon aliens! Make yourselves known!!No worries. Voyager 1 has no feelings! It can't get lonely as it looks back on us, so far away that it can't even see us in a picture. Less than the size of a pixel...
Crap I feel so small now...