|Voyager Probes Exiting Solar System into Interstellar Space Reveals Sun's Protective Shield|
JUNE 14th 2012--"Data from NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased." Nasa.gov
Voyager: From 1977 til now, has been flying at about 38,000 mph toward the exit of our Solar System. 35 years ago this primitive probe was launched and has traveled 11.1 billion miles approximately, which is only about 1/1000th of a light year. In all this time it has been measuring, photographing, and doing its "business" for NASA, and has won the hearts of Americans for decades. No scientist could have ever hoped it would live this long, and apparently it is doing fine, that is, until it does actually leave the Solar System. This is mostly because the probe has been power all this time by the Sun's rays through unique solar panels and plutonium. It was a veritable rechargeable probe like those fancy batteries you love so much. Once it leaves the Solar System, it should not take long to run out of power, sadly, and also will lose its signal for reasons listed below.
The Sun shields the entire Solar System very well indeed, however this boundary, called the Heliosheath, also causes extreme signal interference, which means that when Voyager exits this boundary the signal from Earth will be cut off soon after, if not immediately. Voyager will run out of power, go silent to us, and drift in the heavens for decades or more until it hits something. Space is large and frictionless, so it could be a very, very long time before this 38,000 mph probe even slows down or crashes, or it could be very soon.
The reason I say this is because Voyager has detected massive increases in charged particles just outside of our Solar System! In fact, the magnetic forces, deadly cosmic rays, and charged particles have increased over 25% thus far, and are averaging ~5% increases per week. The increases are increasing too as the Voyagers continue through this boundary. The chances seem fairly high that interstellar space is far more deadly than astronomers may have anticipated, and although they knew space would be harsh, most scientists thought it was mostly empty. In all the articles I've read to date, astronomers were still quite surprised with the sudden large increases in these ionic forces. The chances are high that space itself is a playground for all sorts of deadly and chaotic forces, as the chances between exploding or not exploding are as good as 50-50 out there and seem virtually unpredictable. It is in this medium that stars are born, after all. Stars aren't born in friendly environments, duhh, as they are extremely hot and explosive, with their supernovae immediately destroying all things within 200 light years distance. Some articles, like this one, describe how our Sun prevents the Earth from being destroyed utterly, and even predict that when our Sun begins to weaken and die, the Earth will actually die long before the Sun goes dark because this protective shield it casts will fray, allowing these deadly interstellar forces to reach Earth, destroying all life. So don't worry young ones, we will not die of cold or in darkness, but rather in skin scorching, eye blistering radiation and brain fraying magnetic forces...yay...?
I would not be half surprised if Voyager's data indicate that even exiting our Solar System at all would be a suicide mission. I stand ready to read articles with funny titles like "Voyager Explodes in Interstellar Space" and the like. As it stands, these rays and particles would annihilate Earth without our Sun, so how can we expect to travel through these forces at millions of miles per hour for decades and centuries on end to explore the universe and colonize other planets not in their own systems like ours? We could find the perfect planet, but the deadly space forces would kill us if we tried to colonize it. Uhg.
--Einstein didn't think it was at all possible to space travel, but then again, what did Einstein know anyway?? (everything)