Going nowhere slowly
Voyager 1 trundles along at 62,140 km/h. Every day our dinky looking space probe travels +/- 1.5 million kilometers further way from the earth.
1AU… or astronomical unit is approximately 150,000,000 km… or the distance from the earth to the sun. Which would take voyager about 100 days to cover.
You would imagine we were getting somewhere. Unfortunately Voyager 1 will only get to the Oort cloud (a more or less spherical cloud of icy objects made out of water, methane and ammonia that surrounds our solar system) in a couple of hundred years….
To get through the Oort cloud… would take another, +/- 30,000 years (we don’t know exactly how… eh… ‘thick’ the cloud is, but estimates put it anywhere between 5000 AU and 100,000 AU)
At its current speed… it would take Voyager 1 about 40,000 years to travel one light year. The closest star to earth is Proxima Centurai at a distance of 4.22 light years away from us. The math starts to get quite staggering.
In space 64,140km/h is almost standing still.
While I’d like to be more than an a casual commentator on all things cosmological it is an area of for which I am cognitively unsuited. Still, what I lack in accuracy and understanding I make up for with enthusiasm. Find more posts