Voyager 1 is the furthest object in space, at over 11 Billion miles away from the sun. The video I posted above talks about some of the achievements that voyager has acomplished, and where it’s headed to. This is extremely important for a couple of reasons:
One: 11 billion miles is very very far away. It’s almost 4 times further than Pluto is from the sun. From that distance, the sun looks like any other start.
Two: Even though this 11 billion miles from the sun is the furthest we’ve ever traveled, this distance is only 0.0018 light years away. It has traveled a little more than one day.
The reason Number 2 is so important, is because you need to understand a couple of things out this achievement. NASA is currently finding planets that are 600 light years away, in galactic terms that’s right across the street, but in our time, that’s thousands of years. In 34 years, Voyager 1 has traveled about 2 “light” days. So you see why these planets next door are not as close as they really seam?
Voyager is the first object in the solar system to cross our solar system barrier. If you’re wondering how the researchers figured this out is by using a sensor that measures the charged particles that our sun emits, these same particles are the same ones that create our auroras in the poles. As the satellite continues to travel further away, these particles start to slow down and eventually die off to an unidentifiable signal – Voyager is no longer able to determine where our Sun is by using these particles.
Additionally, Voyager’s instruments began to detect other solar particles that are blowing from the opposite direction, scientist still don’t know where these particles are coming from, what voyager is going to encounter in outer galaxy, and for the first time in our history – everything that Voyager 1 will encounter is going to be completely New and never before seen before.
Voyager still has enough fuel to continue for another 1.5 billion miles, or about 9 more years. At that time, Voyager will continue to send us data but will no longer be pushed out to the galaxy, it will then only be floating away until it gets dragged on to another object’s gravitational force, or it bumps into something. Eventually, Voyager will no longer be able to communicate with our researchers back on Earth. When that happens, voyager will be more of a monument of where we come from, carrying the golden disk to let everyone know – we are here.