Join Donate

Bruce BettsSeptember 12, 2013

Has Voyager 1 left the Solar System?

Has Voyager 1 left the Solar System?  Today NASA announced that after much scientific study and deliberation, the Voyager science team has agreed that Voyager 1 entered interstellar space about a year ago. Congratulations!  But, what does that mean? And, did it leave the solar system? Check out this short video discussing the answers, as well as addressing the proper pronunciation of Oort Cloud...for a sea lion.

Please accept marketing-cookies to watch this video.

Has Voyager 1 left the Solar System?

Has Voyager 1 left the Solar System?  What does it mean that it has entered interstellar space?  Bruce Betts discusses the answers in this short video.

We know you love reading about space exploration, but did you know you can make it happen?

Consider a gift to our Space Policy and Advocacy program to fuel more missions, more science, and more exploration.

Read more: explaining science, Planetary Society Video, Voyager 1 and 2

You are here:
Headshot of Bruce Betts
Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society
Read more articles by Bruce Betts

Comments & Sharing
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

More Space Exploration

More Missions. More Science. More Exploration. Your support is essential and leads to the joy of discovery.