So…did Voyager 1 leave the solar system or not?
A report from the Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, claimed earlier today that the long-traveling Voyager 1 spacecraft had departed the solar system:
“It appears that V1 has exited the main solar modulation region, revealing Hydrogen and Helium spectra characteristic of those to be expected in the local interstellar medium.”
But NASA disagrees, according to a statement from Edward Stone, a Voyager project scientist based at Caltech:
“It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space.
In December 2012, the Voyager science team reported that Voyager 1 is within a new region called ‘the magnetic highway,’ where energetic particles changed dramatically. A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space, and that change of direction has not yet been observed.”
Our money’s on the folks over at NASA. Read more on the debate over at Science Now.
Everyone knows Turner, but I’m always struck with how advanced his technique was for its time. Breaking with the meticulous form of Romanticism, Turner lets his loose brushwork create a hazy atmosphere that will be iconic of later Impressionists (think Monet). The scene above tells the story of Zong the slave trader, who tossed his dead and dying slaves overboard to cash in an insurance policy. Notice the bottom right corner, where flailing bodies with their hands still in manacles are struggling not to drown.
If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to see this piece in person.
Found within the Philippine Sea and formed by volcanic deposits, the history of human settlement on the Japanese island is uncertain but the veracity of its incredible appearance is not.
Via All That Is Interesting: The Isolated Wonder Of Aogashima Island