Month: June 2013

Voyager 1 reaches a mysterious area as it nears interstellar space.


Voyager 1 reaches a mysterious area as it nears interstellar space.

This link is cool. It talks about Voyager 1 reaching a zone within our Sun’s influence which had not been previously predicted. This is predicted that this is one of the last layers before the satellite escapes the influence of our Sun’s gravity. It should leave our bubble soon and reach deep space for the first time ever.

We should know the exact moment it reaches interstellar space, mainly because the Sun’s gravity not only pulls inward and keeps our planets in a consistent orbit, but acts as a bubble/shield from cosmic rays. This means when Voyager leaves the icy depths of our solar system, the temperatures will sharply rise. It will no longer have the Sun tugging at it’s back, but will encounter extreme cosmic/solar rays that whip violently directly outside our system’s front door.

New bird added to our backyard zoo.

New bird added to our backyard zoo.

We usually get 10-20 different types of birds flying through our yard from feeder to feeder. Cardinals, jays, thrush and at leads three different types of woodpecker have been around lately.

Then today I saw three birds, all the same species, with one being male (pictured). The females look the same minus the red. They are known as house finches, which were a popular illegal bird in a lot of NYC pet shops in the 40’s (at the time called Hollywood Finches to try to avoid prosecution and as a sales ploy). Then when they were forced to be released, they took over the eastern US and have only very recently met up with another population in Mexico. Their emergence in northern Florida has been very recent. I’ve never seen one of these, at least in the wild, so it was a really nice treat.