Voyager 1's Getting Closer to Earth Right Now

  • Published on Apr 17, 2017
  • The Voyager 1 space probe is the furthest man-made object from Earth, and the fastest. But right now, it's moving towards us. Relatively speaking. At Mission Control for the Deep Space Network, inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, let's talk about why -- and about how to stay in touch with something so small and so far away.
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    Camera and audio mix: Matt Gray
    Edited by: Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin
    Animations: Mat Hill
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Comments • 893

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  Year ago +1699

    I couldn't find a superlative big enough for the "not to scale" warnings on those graphic sequences.

    • Casper S?
      Casper S? 8 months ago

      Site still exists. Scale of The Solar System on Google should get you there. - 5x 1080p = 1.3106x 8k is my math is any good

    • Casper S?
      Casper S? 8 months ago

      There isn't. Not on a 16k screen either. Far, far from

    • Ivan Lovric
      Ivan Lovric 11 months ago

      I'm subbing. You're awesome 😉😎

    • Mi NX
      Mi NX 11 months ago

      Wouter Weggelaar There aren't. Even if you give up on trying to display Voyager at all, a normal-sized 8K computer monitor with Earth as a single pixel would be far too small to show the full scale.
      If you try to show Voyager as a single pixel, you hit the point where building and powering puts your civilization somewhere above 1 but below 2 on the Kardashev Scale.

    • Debbie Meyer
      Debbie Meyer Year ago +2

      Tom Scott eh that's fine

  • ben gib
    ben gib 12 hours ago

    The voyager will land on some primitive planet where it will be worshipped as a god

  • Ben Adians
    Ben Adians 16 days ago

    At the time new Horizon was the fastest object not voyager

  • Dnario Beats
    Dnario Beats 27 days ago

    Send 3 more voyagers!!!!!!! That will be made out of concretete and Steele that will last 1000s of years

  • Spiral down viral
    Spiral down viral Month ago

    I been waiting to see new horizons next photo session in 2019 but I wish they would launch a satellite that can constantly record deep space. Can you imagine being able to watch a live stream of a satellite billions of miles away?

  • Angel Carrillo
    Angel Carrillo Month ago

    *_BBC theme starts playing_*
    Good evening, United Kingdom.
    This is Tom Scott
    And here are the news.

  • Warcy
    Warcy 2 months ago

    The moon landing and voyager are hoaxes. Watch other videos.

  • Matt Middleton/artless intent

    clearly a hoax

  • Zorch Martino
    Zorch Martino 2 months ago

    nasa is santa claus for adult idiots

  • JonatasAdoM
    JonatasAdoM 2 months ago

    Getting closer? Oh we're so screwed!

  • Pyrotechnics 8
    Pyrotechnics 8 2 months ago

    I wonder where it's headed now. Like to another star system.

  • psycleen
    psycleen 2 months ago

    steve townes facials tom scott

  • psycleen
    psycleen 2 months ago

    steve townes facials scott

  • Liam Roberts
    Liam Roberts 3 months ago

    0:49 Disney top right corner

  • Ziginox
    Ziginox 4 months ago

    It's incredible that Voyager 1 is still going, forty years after launch.

  • Charlen Ellis
    Charlen Ellis 4 months ago

    "Its for size comparisons" yall just tell yourself anything...and believe it

  • Ahmad Jameel
    Ahmad Jameel 5 months ago

    Frome Where Voyager 1 Getting Food...????

  • Jlipper
    Jlipper 7 months ago

    I wonder how the Cassini Plunge went.

  • Ledor S
    Ledor S 7 months ago +1

    Full of B.S.!

  • Lukson
    Lukson 7 months ago

    Cant wait to see those images t hat voyager has taken, Im really interested in science I cant wait!!!!!!!

  • A Sentient, Dark Latex Wolf.

    The monitors look like they're from a Hollywood movie.

  • Matt Con
    Matt Con 8 months ago

    Can-Berra 😂😂 can-ber-r-er

  • Airplane Engine
    Airplane Engine 9 months ago


  • TwoPizzas
    TwoPizzas 9 months ago

    With those giant monitors and 3D models I feel like they were just playing KSP

  • Livvy Hackett
    Livvy Hackett 9 months ago

    This is really cool because voyager 2 and 1 are getting closer to us again at this time of year

  • peter hughes
    peter hughes 10 months ago

    I’m confused. I thought the two Voyager spacecraft went on their separate ways and Voyager 1’s orbit left the plane of the Solar System, leaving 2 to carry on. I’m sure that this happened more than 9 months ago so why leave it so long to upload what is, essentially, out of date info? Interesting nevertheless, thanks for sharing. Peter.

  • SIX-SH00T3R
    SIX-SH00T3R 10 months ago

    Am I the only one that noticed Disney's cinderella castle on the big screen there?

  • TheTooginator
    TheTooginator 10 months ago

    Wait a gosh darn minute! If the Earth is orbiting the sun at 30 kps and Voyager is travelling away at 17 kps, then how could the speed of light travel at the same speed in both frames of reference? That would mean that one of the variables of speed (distance or time) is different depending on the relative speeds of both objects! Distance is certainly fixed, so time must be different depending on the frame of reference!
    Someone really should look into this!

  • Ronn Sethman
    Ronn Sethman 10 months ago

    god, we are closer because of our rotation, wow

  • Michael Dorado
    Michael Dorado 10 months ago

    Yo i thought it was a chic in the thumbnail pic for the vid lmao

  • Cody Rush
    Cody Rush 11 months ago

    Earth's Getting Closer to Voyager Right Now -fixed the title :)

  • Ghost Ghost
    Ghost Ghost 11 months ago

    Outdated technology..

  • Louis Owings
    Louis Owings 11 months ago

    This guy looks old and young at the same time

  • Jason Hong
    Jason Hong 11 months ago

    160 bits... can't listen to a song after downloading it for days..

  • Gerald Nongsiej
    Gerald Nongsiej 11 months ago

    But am curious who really filmed the Voyager 🙄😨

  • ElectroPals LLC
    ElectroPals LLC 11 months ago

    how it get passed the van Ellen belt

  • Brent Anderson
    Brent Anderson 11 months ago

    Don’t worry it’ll end up in the delta quadrant

  • Free Speaker
    Free Speaker 11 months ago

    they should tell it to self destruct I don't think it's a good idea to send out a dinner menu like that

  • Rafael Rabinovich
    Rafael Rabinovich 11 months ago

    This is why aliens won't hear our radio calls: noise will make our transmissions null and void

  • shit memes and broken dreams

    I liked for the ridiculously not to scale

  • Mike Adams
    Mike Adams 11 months ago

    more syfy bs

  • Cole Cramer
    Cole Cramer 11 months ago

    Click bait.

  • Brett Gunn
    Brett Gunn 11 months ago

    That is NOT TRUE AT ALL!

  • Tricky Trinklet
    Tricky Trinklet 11 months ago

    i thought Voyager crossed Solar system long time ago...

  • Stephen Wilson
    Stephen Wilson 11 months ago

    How can you change direction in the infinite vacuum of space?...fkg hoax

  • Benjamin McIntosh
    Benjamin McIntosh 11 months ago

    Can-bear-ah, sigh....

  • Johnfortich Vista
    Johnfortich Vista 11 months ago

    Wondering if they'll send out a relay satellite just to pick up signal from V1? Imagine having a series of satellites all the way to the edges and as far as the V1 could reach.

  • Aditya Verma
    Aditya Verma 11 months ago

    I would love to some cool images that Voyager has taken that puts the our solar system into some perspective.

  • James Brown
    James Brown 11 months ago

    Never be able to see it. Cant even see the moon lander with the biggest telescopes.

  • Eddie
    Eddie 11 months ago

    I thought the control room only measured tv ratings.

  • oil9vinergar
    oil9vinergar 11 months ago

    spies use polar orbits.....

  • Daniel Cannata
    Daniel Cannata 11 months ago

    And here i was hoping a long time traveller would be returning home...

  • Jasper Brown
    Jasper Brown Year ago

    Guess who's jealous of you?

    *ME OF COURSE!!*

  • United Geometry
    United Geometry Year ago +1

    Why was Disney on the screen ?????

  • Kenji Gunawan
    Kenji Gunawan Year ago

    160 bits per second. We can't live like this!

  • Kevin Davis
    Kevin Davis Year ago

    "... But when you're only coming at 160 bits per second"
    Best quote taken out of context from this video. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Life Myth Animations

    0:56 They are watching Cinderella's castle in Disneyland.

  • IHadNoIdeaThatGoogleAllowedYouToChangeYourNameIntoSomethingSoRidiculouslyLongAndStupidLikeIDidHere

    It's been 6 months, now it's moving further away again ;)

  • Lexyvil
    Lexyvil Year ago

    The best kind of videos on the internet, for sure.

  • Trag1c Gaming
    Trag1c Gaming Year ago

    0.56 top right corner.... why JPL ? Why ?.......

  • Big Pickle
    Big Pickle Year ago

    0:16 good to hear George Lucas is keeping busy.

  • HellOWorld
    HellOWorld Year ago +1

    cant we just put satellites in orbit of other planets to relay the messages back to us a little bit faster? Relaying them directly from a machine that's that far away hardly seems like a reasonable idea, try building a network of satellites instead around various planets.

  • dʒeɪms
    dʒeɪms Year ago

    those screens in the background look just a little bit wasteful

  • thetruereality
    thetruereality Year ago

    The title is really dumb

  • Warped
    Warped Year ago +1

    Because America. That's why.

  • YT어두운 그림자

    I wish voyager can come back☹️☹️☹️😭😭

  • Rock & Rollin' Nolan

    If you ever feel lonely, just remember Voyager 1 is out there. :)

  • Jamey Mueller
    Jamey Mueller Year ago

    DId you see the time for the communication with voyager in the background, 38 light hours!!!!!

  • BlnkMnd
    BlnkMnd Year ago

    they should destroy it and not let it fly off with the message. dangerous. also, why disney castle?

  • Correctrix
    Correctrix Year ago

    TIL the capital of this country is "Can bearer".

  • Maladroit Knight
    Maladroit Knight Year ago

    So if the earth is technically getting closer to voyager 1, would that mean that (for a while at least) it would take less time for a signal from voyager 1 to reach earth due to the shorter distance?

  • nuclearthreat545
    nuclearthreat545 Year ago

    what the hell!!!!

  • attack
    attack Year ago

    I've never been to Disney's Cinderella Castle :(

  • Chris Hunter
    Chris Hunter Year ago +1

    hmm, human music
    *I like it*

  • roidroid
    roidroid Year ago +1

    Canberra is pronounced "Can-Bra", just 2 syllables.
    There's no bear in the name
    (but there are bears, drop bears, very dangerous).

    • Riana _
      Riana _ 18 days ago

      and koala bears

  • Tom Jerry
    Tom Jerry Year ago

    1:45 .....turns out that we have the capacity to build satellites the size of the sun! XP

  • Joel Inosin
    Joel Inosin Year ago

    Is the rate of universal expansion slow enough as to not affect this in any way?
    edit: went and look and it is indeed faster than voyager's speed (I think; 67km/s compared to voyager's 17.2km/s) ...but is it relevant in our reference frame such that it affects what you mentioned here, I guess, is what I'm not sure about.

  • Birddog
    Birddog Year ago

    did any one else see Disney's castle o. the screen

  • UltraPrimal
    UltraPrimal Year ago

    They should probably get Voyager 1 to turn around and come back. Otherwise the Predacon known as Megatron will steal the Golden Disc it's carrying, go back in time, and try to assassinate the original Optimus Prime asleep on the Ark and destroy all human kind with only Optimus Primal and a handful of Maximal explorers to try and stop him.

  • chexo3
    chexo3 Year ago +1

    Should we try catching it if it gets close? Personally yes. We could investigate how the components aged which could be useful. We could inspect to see if it was tampered with. We could replay the golden record, to check for changes. We could rerecord it today and send out a new one. A revision, if you will. All sorts of cool stuff.

  • M.H Tech U.K
    M.H Tech U.K Year ago

    Very interesting video.

  • Anthony Ferguson
    Anthony Ferguson Year ago

    Poor Captain Janeway she's still out there....

  • VideoGameGang
    VideoGameGang Year ago

    In my teacher's point of view, Voyager is a dumb idea because if it ends up in the hands of something that is warlike it just kills us. "Here's a map to our home world, please come kill us!" However, we'll all be dead from Global warming before it gets to another solar system.

  • magic school bus
    magic school bus Year ago

    Enyay is actually a great idea

  • Broken Wave
    Broken Wave Year ago

    This is a misleading title. Voyager is NOT moving toward us. Its moving away. Sometimes we are moving toward it...but its still moving away much faster.
    Its like youre running at a racecar and saying "hey, its moving toward me!"

  • Michael Hawthorne

    I can't believe nobody hasn't talked to Gene Roddenberry about long range fast communications before he died, I mean, Subspace right? he did it... You could talk to Vega as I talk to someone around the world on Skype. What a miss that was.... Oh well..... I have to go, I'm due back on planet Earth soon....

    DJARO Year ago +9

    am I the only one annoyed that he says spain and australia, at the part about the stations, but he also says california.
    either you also say which state/province form australia/spain it is in, or you just say the united states.
    The us is just a country, like spain or australia.

    • Matt Shap
      Matt Shap 10 months ago +1

      Particularly since he was in the California one, his saying California specifically is valid.

    • Cody Rush
      Cody Rush 11 months ago

      So is Australia. Also, the States are essentially set up like countries, but all cooperate in the union that is the country of the United States. Very similar to how the European Union is (trying?) to work.I don't think his saying California is unusual or improper.

    • Malnutrition Boy
      Malnutrition Boy 11 months ago

      DJARO the us is huge that's why.

    • Malnutrition Boy
      Malnutrition Boy 11 months ago

      DJARO from*

  • Nubbins
    Nubbins Year ago

    Vger will return to merge with the creator

  • apard7
    apard7 Year ago

    Bruh. "Can-Beruh"

  • Brooks Silber
    Brooks Silber Year ago +1

    voyager 1 is not the fastest space probe....

  • Don't be scared homie

    1:19 flat solar system....

  • draco82
    draco82 Year ago +2

    they have nice screensavers showing dancing data to the sats

  • Aron Septianto
    Aron Septianto Year ago +1

    i like how that it looks like a kerbal space progam

  • David Ryall
    David Ryall Year ago

    Disney castle? WTF?

  • Dilara ÇINAREL
    Dilara ÇINAREL Year ago +1

    Why is there Disney's Cinderella castle on big screen at 0:48.. ???

  • fixpacifica
    fixpacifica Year ago

    I wish US government facilities didn't always have to be named after bureaucrats and politicians.

    • Smooooth
      Smooooth Year ago

      Not always. For example, the facility in MD is named "Goddard" after the rocket science pioneer

  • William Garnett
    William Garnett Year ago +1

    when your only cumming at 160 bits a second

  • odessa2og
    odessa2og Year ago

    Yet another great educational and entertaining video by Tom Sott. Thumbs up!

  • Oskar
    Oskar Year ago

    Silly question maybe, but is the voyager far enough away that we can measure the red-shift in the radio waves it sends our way?

  • Trevor Smith
    Trevor Smith Year ago

    Omg, we have never sent anything beyond the van Allen belt. 2000c melts everything. Space exploration is a lie to steal our tax dollars