Voyager 1 hits edge of solar system, blasts through paper wall

No not really, but what a chuckle we’d all get if it did cut a hole through existence, exposing the sound stage behind. heliosheath_regionChuckling and weeping… Anyways, continuing with the space theme from the yesterday, according to an interview in the New York Times  about the Voyager 1 probe, we aren’t out of the solar system yet.

Apparently, the probe has exceeded the limits of the solar wind but not its magnetic field. Thus was born the term “heliosheath depletion region.”

Wherever they are precisely, it’s beyond exciting that both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are still operative after 30+ years of exploration. I can’t wait for the final, conclusive announcement that a ma- made object has finally made it into interstellar space.

Habitable planets in our neighborhood

It’s a pretty lonely realization to make when you consider that, even if there are other intelligences in the universe, the chances that we’ll ever come face-to-face is practically nil. I’ve always known this on an intellectual level, however after reading this article about Gliese 667C and its six planets,  three potentially habitable, it hit me on a deeper level.

Even though this system is extremely close to us, we’re practically neighbors, it’s still on a galactic scale. This system is 22 light years away, which would take longer than several human lifespans to get to (according to this article it would take 85 years to travel 4.4 light years with a theoretical nuclear pulse propulsion system).

The Gliese system is also a triple star system, meaning your planetary view may look something like this:

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Morning Cuppa – 04/12/13 – Space! Extinction! Chuck Wendig!

It’s Friday, and I’m talking about space! And Chuck Wendig! And launching Chuck Wendig into space!

  • DOOOM. At least if you think that Stephen Hawking is a smart enough guy to drop this sort of knowledge on us: humanity will go extinct within this millennium if we don’t start moving into space.bruce-willis-armageddon While the prognosis may seem grim, it’s a great kick in the ass for all of us to start thinking more proactively about space exploration.
  • Also in space news, NASA is floating a plan to ‘shrink wrap’ an asteroid and bring it into lunar orbit. It sounds like an interesting possibility for bringing more resources — AND ALIEN MICROBES — into the planet. Of course, the cretins in congress will probably choke on the price tag, so we’ll see how far this plan goes. Maybe getting Bruce Willis to be the spokesperson will help?
  • If you’re in South Florida, as I most definitely am in a corporeal sense, you may be interested to know that author Chuck Wendig will be in town tomorrow, Saturday the 13th at 11:30 at the Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale. He’ll be doing a reading, signing, and some pantsless dancing while we throw unripened mangoes at him.