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originally posted by: TacticalStats
Voyager 1 exited the heliosphere on August 25, 2012. The heliosphere is a region of space where the plasma and solar winds from the sun encounter the plasma from other stars. It is not a constant, meaning that its distance from the sun moves constantly similar to a balloon expanding and contracting. According to wikipedia in late August 2012 Voyager 1 was at a distance of 120 Au. The Oort cloud is theorized to be at a distance of up to 50,000 AU. So therefor no it hasn't reached the Oort cloud yet.
Cosmology is one of my favorite subjects and I have been watching Voyager for a while now. I believe even though it will go dormant in ten years it will drift forever in interstellar space. Gets me excited!
originally posted by: N3k9Ni
a reply to: Assassin82
So, if you want to know roughly where is Voyager 1 is at, look towards the Little Dipper and it's somewhere out there.
amazing pic, what the heck is the termination shock part. And is there a terminal shock layer around our solar system like a ball . sorry I a bit ignoramus sometimes.
originally posted by: Assassin82
Excellent...figured it out! So this added some perspective to it for me. So my next question is, what kind of transmissions is it still able to send? Basic coordinates? Solar activity? Is it limited at all due to its distance? Or are we basically just able to approximate it's location based on projected speeds and models?