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voyager1Voyager 1 is one of two probes launched in 1977 from Cape Canaveral, Florida and is the farthest human-made object from Earth at a distance of about 19,849,149,520 km (and counting) away from the Earth.

It’s so far away that data transmitted by radio waves takes over 11 hours to reach Earth. It is also traveling at a relative speed faster than any human-made object, at a velocity of 17,087 m/s (38,200 mph, 61,400 km/h).

At current velocity and trajectory Voyager-1 will reach the Oort cloud in about 300 years and take about 30,000 years to pass through it. It will then will arrive at Proxima Centaur (the nearest known star to the Sun) in 73,000 years. It takes Voyager-1 14,000 years to travel just one light year.

From Earth Voyager-1 is located at 12.44° declination and 17.163 hours right ascension, and 34.9° of ecliptic latitude.

In August 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space. Interstellar space is the region between stars and their systems of planets, gases and other solid material. A solar system is bound by a heliopause, a region where the stream of charged particles released by a star creates a current in its local system, while stellar winds from surrounding stars buffet the interstellar medium.

Voyager 1 is running out of power and will shut down around the year 2025-2030, but it will carry on speeding through space. In case Voyager 1 is discovered by intelligent life forms, it carries a golden record that serves as a sort of 1970s time capsule. In addition to recorded greetings in various languages, scenes from Earth, music, natural sounds, and images of a man and woman, the record includes directions to Earth.

Voyager-Plaque

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