This is a great update from Wired Science about our favorite space probe Voyager 1 (V’Ger) and how it is baffling scientists. Even though I’ve written science fiction based on solar winds and ion flows I didn’t know they were real till I read this report. It seems that there are predicted regions between and around solar systems where different energies flow and interact. Interestingly, the data coming back from V’Ger is not at all what scientists predicted.
Intergalactic researchers had a map of what they thought the boundaries between our solar wind and the galactic cosmic rays would look like, but they are wrong. Our protective solar wind died of much more quickly than anticipated and, even more unexpected, the galactic cosmic rays are not coming from random sides, but seem to come mainly from one direction…
This fuels the scifi part of my brain. What else could they be wrong about? What else will they find when V’Ger makes its way further outside our solar system. Could interstellar travel be closer than we think?
(OK, OK so V’Ger was actually Voyager 6. Give me a break, I’m a nerd not a Trekkie.)