Friday, 8 March 2013

Carl Sagan Dance Party #12

As of this past December, Nasa's Voyager 1 has travelled 11 billion miles and is the most distant man-made object from Earth.  It now occupies a unique region of the outer most solar system, on the cusp of interstellar space, called the magnetic highway.  

From this galactic crossroad, Voyager's instruments are reporting unique phenomena regarding the electromagnetic solar winds originating from our sun, as well as unprecedented information about erratic deep space particles entering the region from the other side of the magnetic highway.

As astronomers from Nasa's Voyager division reported at a recent American Geophysical Union meeting:

"Although Voyager 1 still is inside the sun's environment, we now can taste what it's like on the outside because the particles are zipping in and out on this magnetic highway. We believe this is the last leg of our journey to interstellar space. Our best guess is it's likely just a few months to a couple years away. The new region isn't what we expected, but we've come to expect the unexpected from Voyager."

Carl Sagan would surely be please with these latest weirdo discoveries from the project he spearheaded over 35 years ago.

Space - "Magic Fly," Magic Fly, Vogue, 1977

Discogs: Magic Fly

Hipnosis - "Pulstar," Pulstar/End Title (Blade Runner), Memory Records, 1983

Discogs: Pulstar

Cyber People - "Polaris (Club Version)," Polaris, Memory Records, 1984

Discogs: Polaris

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