Voyager 2, an area probe launched in 1977 that finally made its way out of our photo voltaic system in 2018, is recording some bizarre knowledge out in interstellar area.
Because it handed the boundary of our photo voltaic system, Voyager 2 picked up on a rise somewhat than a lower within the particle density in its environment, according to ScienceAlert. Based mostly on the belief that it’s, effectively, the void of area, astronomers anticipated the density of interstellar area to drop — however now Voyager 2 is confirming related experiences from Voyager 1 years prior.
Earlier than both Voyager probe left the photo voltaic system, scientists expected interstellar area to have a plasma density of simply 0.002 electrons per cubic centimeter, ScienceAlert experiences. However the probes truly measured a lot larger values as they exited the photo voltaic system, according to research printed in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Voyager 1 recorded a density of 0.055 in 2013, and Voyager 2 recorded 0.039 in 2019.
Since then, each probes have been measuring even larger plasma densities, the College of Iowa analysis discovered, suggesting that the area they’re touring via is definitely getting extra filled with stuff as they enterprise farther away.
Wanting For Solutions
The scientists have some doable explanations, like magnetic interference packing electrons across the solar system’s border or photo voltaic winds making a dense wall of particles that blew out of attain. However it might take a brand new era of area probes to search out out what’s actually happening.
“It’s not sure,” the researchers wrote of their paper, “whether or not the Voyagers will be capable of function far sufficient to tell apart between these two courses of fashions.”
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