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Have the Voyagers entered interstellar space or what?

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#1 VeraZwicky

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 10:44 AM

The JPL website is claiming the Voyagers have left the Heliopause and are now in interstellar space but I read other confusing reports that they are still in the boundary zone. Also, I was curious if the spacecraft had encountered the solar systems' bow shock yet.  Any informed opinions are appreciated.  



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Posted 30 June 2020 - 10:52 AM

I thought I heard the V-ger had left the solar system     ….



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Posted 30 June 2020 - 11:03 AM

Moving to Science, Astronomy & Space Exploration, for a better fit.

 

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 11:08 AM

Most likely the grey region where feathered semantics and feathered physics meet. As nebulous as trying to define the boundary between the lake and the marsh, troposphere/stratosphere, yellow/green, solar cycle 24/25, happy/sad, prehistoric/historic... some/most (?!) things don't have abrupt transitions in space, time, quantity, or affect. The sun's envelope of dominant influence is one of those.    Tom


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Posted 30 June 2020 - 11:41 AM

What TomDey says.  Right now, you could find one guy (scientist) say one thing and another say the other thing, and no neither is wrong.  Or, neither is right depending on how you look at it.  I am a black and white guy - and sometimes things aren't black and white.


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#6 M11Mike

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 11:46 AM

Crossed the heliopause (most consider once past that you are in the INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM.  However - the Voyagers are still within the outer boundaries of the solar system (within the "ORT CLOUD", etc.)  

 

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 11:54 AM

Let's just say that they are currently in the process of entering interstellar space. Due to their relative(istic) slow speeds it may take a few more decades to say with a great deal of certainty that they are truly in "interstellar" space. 

 

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