If Voyager 1 or Voyager 2 had the most powerful telescope mounted on them & they were traveling in the direction of Alpha  Centuri would we?

Have learned anything new about Alpha Centuri since Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 are more then 12 Billion Miles from Planet Earth

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  • D g
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Voyagers have just barely left our solar system 

    Alpha centsri is 4.1 light years away

  • 3 weeks ago

    I think we would learn a lot 

  • 3 weeks ago

    Nope.

    12 billion miles is not significant compared to the roughly 25 trillion miles to Alpha centauri.

    In fact the Voyagers are only about 0.1% closer than telescopes here on Earth.

  • 3 weeks ago

    No. They are barely off the earth. A good analogy is this: they have traveled 4 yards and alpha centori is 4.3 miles away.

    If the distance from earth to sun is 1 inch, a light year is 1 mile.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Just a drop in the bucket as for the distance. Hubble with much newer technology is doing a far better job.

    Voyager 1 is very near end of life, it signal so weak it just is still detectable.

  • 3 weeks ago

    No 

    They are traveling in the wrong direction for a Start

  • 3 weeks ago

    The twin Voyagers are less than a light day away from us; so, they'd be *closer*, but... I doubt they'd be close enough to learn anything new that we couldn't from just a little further away...

  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Both Voyagers are still too far away from Alpha Centauri for us to learn anything new.  The Voyagers haven't even traveled one light year.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Other than having a couple of 11-metre telescopes in space (instead of within Earth's atmosphere), the improvement brought by the puny distance traveled so far would not amount to much.

    HOWEVER, if we could use the two telescopes as a single interferometer (something which is now done with optical telescopes on Earth) we could get fantastic linear resolution... but only along one direction (parallel to the line joining the two probes).

    12 billion miles is still less than one light-day over a distance of 4 light-years.

  • 3 weeks ago

    No, it's a two-thousandth of the distance to Alpha Centauri and makes practically no difference. Also, they're not going in that direction.

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