NASA’s pioneering Voyager 1 probe has encountered an uncharted new region at the outer reaches of the solar system, the spacecraft is at the precipice to go into interstellar space, space scientists say.
Voyager 1 which has been traversing the solar system for more than 36 years, and has observed a dramatic drop in solar particles and a concurrent big jump in high-energy galactic cosmic rays last August, (2012) the scientists announced in three new studies published June 27, 2013, in the journal Science.
‘What we’re observing is really quite new.’
–Voyager project scientist Ed Stone
Voyager 1 has now officially entered a region called the “magnetic highway”. This area is a threshold between charged particles and cosmic rays from outside the heliosphere becoming stronger and the disappearance of charged particles from inside the heliosphere connected with our sun.
In this unique region NASA is finding charged particles connected with the solar magnetic field disappearing while the cosmic rays from space are getting stronger. They are looking for a third sign where the direction of the magnetic field changes. If this is found it would mean the presence of an interstellar magnetic field.
The Keys of Enoch® mention that we have been living in a type of cocoon. According to Key 204:10 “The Magnetic fields create neutral zones for the interfacing of high speed molecules which control growth and development in all living things.” This also indicates that many of the changes our planet has experienced in its geological past, especially those that has affected life, have come from a change of our own magnetic field, although cosmic rays are sometimes able to penetrate into our heliosphere.
Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, launched a few weeks apart in 1977 to study Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, are now completing their unprecedented “grand tour” and will soon be flying toward interstellar space. Voyager 1 is arriving first. The spacecraft is the farthest man-made object in space traversing 10.8 billion miles from the Sun with signals traveling at the speed of light take 16 hours from earth to reach the Voyager. The Voyager is also carrying a message in the form of a phonograph record, which is a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing human sounds, languages and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The musical selections are from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President James Carter and U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim. Along with this are 115 images encoded in analog form. There are instructions portrayed in symbols which explain the spacecraft’s origin and how to play the record.
On Aug. 25, 2012, the probe recorded a 1,000-fold drop in the number of charged solar particles while also measuring a 9 percent increase in fast-moving particles of galactic origin called cosmic rays. Since the probe did not measure a shift in the direction of the ambient magnetic field, it is an indication that Voyager 1 is still within the sun’s sphere of influence.
“I think it’s probably several more years — 2015 is reasonable,” said Voyager project scientist Ed Stone of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, lead author of one of the new studies and co-author of another. But he admits it is just speculation, as there are no definitive models.
The heliosphere extends at least 8 billion miles (13 billion kilometers) beyond all the planets in our solar system