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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by XPLodER
I have seen you present this theory a few times over my years here at ATS. I think mostly in the last year or so, actually.
Regardless, it is a theory that I find totally plausible. Just so you know, a non educated person believes you have a good idea based on sound logic. For whatever that is worth.
For the first ten billion kilometres of its radius, the solar wind travels at over a million kilometers per hour. As it begins to drop out with the interstellar medium, it slows down before finally ceasing altogether. The point where the solar wind slows down is the termination shock; the point where the interstellar medium and solar wind pressures balance is called the heliopause; the point where the interstellar medium, traveling in the opposite direction, slows down as it collides with the heliosphere is the bow shock.
The heliosheath is a very strange place, filled with a magnetic froth no spacecraft has ever encountered before, echoing with low-frequency radio bursts heard only in the outer reaches of the solar system, so far from home that the sun is a mere pinprick of light.
"In many ways, the heliosheath is not like our models predicted," says Stone.
No one knows exactly how many more miles the Voyagers must travel before they "pop free" into interstellar space. Most researchers believe, however, that the end is near. "The heliosheath is 3 to 4 billion miles in thickness," estimates Stone. "That means we'll be out within five years or so."