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article imageWant to join Voyager as it enters interstellar space? You can!

By Paul Wallis     Apr 29, 2013 in Science
Sydney - NASA have come up with a way of following the Voyagers as they depart the Solar System, the first human artifacts ever to do so. It’s an app measuring radiation. You know you’re Out There when the cosmic radiation outweighs the solar radiation.
Space Daily:
If the level of outside particles jumps dramatically and the level of inside particles drops precipitously, and these two levels hold steady, that means one of the spacecraft is closing in on the edge of interstellar space. These data are updated every six hours.
Scientists then need only see a change in the direction of the magnetic field to confirm that the spacecraft has sailed beyond the breath of the solar wind and finally arrived into the vast cosmic ocean between stars. The direction of the magnetic field, however, requires periodic instrument calibrations and complicated analyses. These analyses typically take a few months to return after the charged particle data are received on Earth.
Don’t be put off by that. I’ve got the module running, and I’ve seen big spikes already, just a few minutes after loading it.
How to get the Voyager data
First, go to the NASA Eyes on the Solar System Voyager page. You’ll find a player, which may be disabled. It’s a Java app, and has to be enabled. Hit “manage plugin” and the function you need is at the bottom of the list. Hit “enable”.
This thing takes awhile to load, but remember you'll never see this again. It really is the first time this has ever been done.
You’ll get this sort of picture.
Note: your system will be running furiously. Even with a 3GB RAM, my custom clone is a bit pernickety. Check out the readings. They vary all the time. The cosmic ray data is measured daily, and that’s what you’re seeing. You’ll notice the outside particles stream is consistently stronger.
This is about as close to being there in person as you can get. The Voyagers are on their way out of the system and they’ll be there soon. One thing that soon becomes obvious is that the inside particles are almost static, while the outer particles are constantly moving.
To explore the Solar System, check out the main Eyes on the Solar System page.
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