Future Stellar Flybys of the Voyager and Pioneer Spacecraft

  title={Future Stellar Flybys of the Voyager and Pioneer Spacecraft},
  author={Coryn A. L. Bailer-Jones and D Farnocchia},
The Pioneer 10 and 11 and Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, launched in the 1970s, are heading out of the solar system. Using the astrometric and radial velocity data from the second Gaia data release, we integrate the trajectories of 7.4 million stars, and the spacecraft, through a Galactic potential in order to identify those stars the spacecraft will pass closest to. The closest encounters for all spacecraft take place at separations between 0.2 and 0.5 pc within the next million years. The… CONTINUE READING

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