Voyager 2 - Has Left the solar system

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by MacLeod, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. MacLeod

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    In case anyone missed it the Voyager 2 probe has joined it's sister probe and left the solar system.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46502820

    I wonder when they designed and launched these probes over 40 years ago we would still be listening to them long after they had completed the grand voyage to the planets.
     
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  2. YellowSubmarine

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    It's only 120 AU away. The farthest known Solar System object, Comet West, reaches 70000 AU. So Voyager 2 is only 0.17% of the way in leaving the Solar System. Or less when the limits to the Oort cloud are extended further.
     
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  3. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Yeah, the phrase "leaving the solar system" is open to interpretation according to definition, like the word "planet". It'll take a few thousand years to pass beyond the Oort cloud. At least, the probe now has the opportunity to sample the local interstellar medium.
     
  4. XCV330

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    Voyager 2 should overtake Pioneer 10 in terms of distance from the Sun, eventually too, though it will never overtake Voyager 1 (short of help from target-practice taking Klingons)
     
  5. XCV330

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    My mistake, that's already happened
     
  6. Santaman

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    I wonder what Klingons will do when they get rear ended by that damn Tesla Roadster... :biggrin:
     
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    They'll want revenge on the man who created that Roadster of course.

    If there were ever a reason for first contact...
     
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  8. XCV330

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    Starfleet does not permit first contact with a civilization that has either:
    A: Developed warp-drive capability or
    B: Frivolously launched a sports car into deep space
     
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  9. Santaman

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    "That P'TAQ better have insurance!" :klingon::klingon:
     
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