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
- D gLv 72 months ago
Voyagers have just barely left our solar system
Alpha centsri is 4.1 light years away
- 2 months ago
I think we would learn a lot
- 3 months ago
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.
- Jeffrey KLv 63 months 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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- daniel gLv 73 months 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.
- Ronald 7Lv 73 months ago
They are traveling in the wrong direction for a Start
- 3 months 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...
- ElaineLv 73 months 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.
- RaymondLv 73 months 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.
- nineteenthlyLv 73 months 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.