1189: "Voyager 1"

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1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby rwald » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:15 am UTC

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Title Text: So far Voyager 1 has 'left the Solar System' by passing through the termination shock three times, the heliopause twice, and once each through the heliosheath, heliosphere, heliodrome, auroral discontinuity, Heaviside layer, trans-Neptunian panic zone, magnetogap, US Census Bureau Solar System statistical boundary, Kuiper gauntlet, Oort void, and crystal sphere holding the fixed stars.

Is it bad that until the crystal sphere, I wasn't sure if this list was a joke?

Edit to fix quotation marks in subject.
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Re: 1189: Voyager 1

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:16 am UTC

I love the ancient Greeks' idea of a crystal sphere -- i.e., the "Snow Globe" model of the cosmos.

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Re: 1189: Voyager 1

Postby Goggalor » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:19 am UTC

I believed the alt-text until I got to trans-Neptunian panic zone.

Also, someone needs to create a space themed punk band named Trans-Neptunian Panic Zone.
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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Fire Brns » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:27 am UTC

I was bamboozled until the census part.

But in all reality I will only care about either voyager being in the headlines if they returned to destroy us all.
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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby idisjunction » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:02 am UTC

Fire Brns wrote:But in all reality I will only care about either voyager being in the headlines if they returned to destroy us all.


Spoken like a true carbon unit.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby addams » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:06 am UTC

Heliosheth? Well; A Rose by any other name.
Aurora Discontunuity? Fine.

I Love Voyager and all things star like.
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Like the ones on the Red Planet.
They are much more an idea than a reality to most of us.
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It comes in handy. Not the names, but the behavior of water in different spheres.
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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby McBee » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:13 am UTC

[ . . . . uneasy silence . . . . ]

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby FourTael » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:19 am UTC

Was that...

Was that a reference to Cats in the alt-text?

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby keithl » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:27 am UTC

If Voyager does not pass though the Solar System Border Checkpoint, it won't get its passport stamped, and may have trouble coming back at the end of its trip. I hope it knows a good immigration lawyer.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby rainspeaker » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:49 am UTC

FourTael wrote:Was that a reference to Cats in the alt-text?

Quite the reverse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennelly%E ... side_layer

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:36 am UTC

This is the second week in a row without stick figures. Well, at least we got a bee.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby edenist » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:54 am UTC

I was thinking that maybe he meant a "trans-neptunium panic zone", and it was referring to running out of fuel....

... but then realised neptunium isn't a decay product of plutonium, but the other way around [stupid beta decay]

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby PlayMp1 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:24 am UTC

I picked up on it when I saw heliodrome. Everything after, like, the second part of the list is probably fake, but heliodrome stuck out to me.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby da Doctah » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:56 am UTC

rwald wrote:...the termination shock three times, the heliopause twice, and once each through the heliosheath, heliosphere, heliodrome, auroral discontinuity, Heaviside layer, trans-Neptunian panic zone, magnetogap, US Census Bureau Solar System statistical boundary, Kuiper gauntlet, Oort void, and crystal sphere holding the fixed stars.


Compare fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, sequestration, and whatever they decide to call next week's financial meltdown.

In my lifetime I've lived through the end of the world at least a dozen times, what with comet Kohoutek, the Jupiter Effect, harmonic convergence, Criswell's "black rainbow", Y2K, three Judgement Days predicted by Harold Camping, the Mayan 13th baktun.... The only one that actually "ended" anything was when they switched over to mandatory digital television broadcasting.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby LAN-f34r » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:17 am UTC

Someone care to explain... everything?

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby dreamcatcher » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:29 am UTC

LAN-f34r wrote:Someone care to explain... everything?

Sure: http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1189

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby speising » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:31 am UTC

hm, i count only 16 items in the list, not 22.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby OP Tipping » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:36 am UTC

Page me when it is closer to another star than it is to ours.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Klear » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:37 am UTC

da Doctah wrote:
rwald wrote:...the termination shock three times, the heliopause twice, and once each through the heliosheath, heliosphere, heliodrome, auroral discontinuity, Heaviside layer, trans-Neptunian panic zone, magnetogap, US Census Bureau Solar System statistical boundary, Kuiper gauntlet, Oort void, and crystal sphere holding the fixed stars.


Compare fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, sequestration, and whatever they decide to call next week's financial meltdown.

In my lifetime I've lived through the end of the world at least a dozen times, what with comet Kohoutek, the Jupiter Effect, harmonic convergence, Criswell's "black rainbow", Y2K, three Judgement Days predicted by Harold Camping, the Mayan 13th baktun.... The only one that actually "ended" anything was when they switched over to mandatory digital television broadcasting.


Speaking of that, I was wondering - when is the next mass end-of-the-world panic scheduled?

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby LAN-f34r » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:15 am UTC

dreamcatcher wrote:
LAN-f34r wrote:Someone care to explain... everything?

Sure: http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1189


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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby TG333 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:38 am UTC

No waving at trans-solar soldiers when you get to the border. No matter how many nasty gestures they´ll throw at you!
I don't wanna hear your excuses! The building has to be at least... three times bigger than this!

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Ecclesiastes » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:42 am UTC

You know what makes your rockets go up?

Funding.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Patrik3 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:00 pm UTC

*Sigh* I'm not a Trekkie fan so there goes another strip where I totally don't get the joke.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Bez » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:12 pm UTC

Patrik3 wrote:*Sigh* I'm not a Trekkie fan so there goes another strip where I totally don't get the joke.


Unless I'm mistaken, none of the things mentioned are references to Star Trek.

The joke is that the press keeps announcing that Voyager has 'left the solar system', every time it passes some significant boundary.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Klear » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:16 pm UTC

Fire Brns wrote:But in all reality I will only care about either voyager being in the headlines if they returned to destroy us all.


This is a trekkie joke, one which Randall missed.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Eikou » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:58 pm UTC

Klear wrote:
Fire Brns wrote:But in all reality I will only care about either voyager being in the headlines if they returned to destroy us all.


This is a trekkie joke, one which Randall missed.


Don't forget Patrik3.

But I'm really glad for all the people who are confessing they weren't sure which things in the alt text were jokes. I had no idea any of them were fake until US Census Bureau Solar System statistical boundary entered the list. Until that item set off my brain's joking monitor, I was just absorbing the list as fact on the basis that I saw it on XKCD.

"trans-Neptunian panic zone" you say? I wonder how it got that name. Interesting...

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:19 pm UTC

The Heaviside layer was the red flag for me, though I was more distracted by 16 not being close to 22...

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Rann Xerox » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:29 pm UTC

The question still needs to be asked: how many times, like Elvis, has Voyager 1 left the building? :lol:

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby richP » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:12 pm UTC

FourTael wrote:Was that...

Was that a reference to Cats in the alt-text?


Yep.
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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby jpvlsmv » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:33 pm UTC

What about when it was "farther out than the last planet" which either happened in 1985, when it was past Neptune; or 1989 when it was past Pluto; or 1985, since Pluto is no longer the last planet?

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby jasc15 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:40 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:Compare fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, sequestration, and whatever they decide to call next week's financial meltdown.

In my lifetime I've lived through the end of the world at least a dozen times, what with comet Kohoutek, the Jupiter Effect, harmonic convergence, Criswell's "black rainbow", Y2K, three Judgement Days predicted by Harold Camping, the Mayan 13th baktun.... The only one that actually "ended" anything was when they switched over to mandatory digital television broadcasting.


Don't forget "Timewave Zero" and "Novelty Theory". I think this guy permanently lived in that zone between consciousness and sleep, where your brain makes abstract connections between unrelated subjects that somehow makes sense to you at the time, but when you wake, you cant put it all back together.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Wnderer » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:42 pm UTC

Voyager is still really really cool.
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March 20, 2013
NEWS RELEASE: 2013-107
NASA VOYAGER STATUS UPDATE ON VOYAGER 1 LOCATION

"The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA's Voyager 1 has left the solar system," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "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."


http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/news/voyager_update.html

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby dp2 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:13 pm UTC

Wnderer wrote:Voyager is still really really cool.
features1.jpg


March 20, 2013
NEWS RELEASE: 2013-107
NASA VOYAGER STATUS UPDATE ON VOYAGER 1 LOCATION

"The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA's Voyager 1 has left the solar system," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "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."


http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/news/voyager_update.html

Oh, good, then we can expect at least one more of these reports in the future.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby mishka » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:44 pm UTC

The crew of the Voyager 1: "Are we there yet?"

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Angelastic » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:50 pm UTC

mishka wrote:The crew of the Voyager 1: "Are we there yet?"

Did I do a good job? Do I get to come home? Guys?
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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Klear » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:54 pm UTC

jpvlsmv wrote:What about when it was "farther out than the last planet" which either happened in 1985, when it was past Neptune; or 1989 when it was past Pluto; or 1985, since Pluto is no longer the last planet?


Sources? From what I can gather, Pluto has been closer to the Sun than Neptune until 1999 (I thought that is still the case, but nope. Seems they switched their places during my lifetime and I didn't even notice it.)

Hmm... now that I think of it, what you probably mean is that Voyager is travelling in a direction where the orbits of Pluto and Neptune are in the "correct" order, and with Pluto's eccentricity, it's quite possible to be farther from the Sun without passing its orbit.

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mishka wrote:The crew of the Voyager 1: "Are we there yet?"

Did I do a good job? Do I get to come home? Guys?


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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby dexeron » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:07 pm UTC

I still get excited about these Voyager announcements. I understand why they're silly, but I still am kind of awe-struck that this tiny thing we built is out there, farther than anything else we've ever managed to launch, and is still talking to us, teaching us new stuff. We did that.
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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby NiteClerk » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:21 pm UTC

Klear wrote:Speaking of that, I was wondering - when is the next mass end-of-the-world panic scheduled?


I vote for : "At 03:14:08 UTC on 19 January 2038, 32-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work,..."

We need to come up with a flashy name for it, like Y2K. But according to Vernor Vinge's novel, A Deepness in the Sky, we will patch around this and keep using the Unix time stamp for a loooong time.

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Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Postby Afrael » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:55 pm UTC

NiteClerk wrote:
Klear wrote:Speaking of that, I was wondering - when is the next mass end-of-the-world panic scheduled?


I vote for : "At 03:14:08 UTC on 19 January 2038, 32-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work,..."

We need to come up with a flashy name for it, like Y2K. But according to Vernor Vinge's novel, A Deepness in the Sky, we will patch around this and keep using the Unix time stamp for a loooong time.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem

Regarding the original question: The next scheduled end of the world is in 2020.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_p ... redictions


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