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Question: What is our solar systems galactic position?

  1. Dec 24, 2009 #1
    What is our solar systems galactic position and/or spin?

    Or, if our solar system is like a spinning disk - what direction is it turning relative to the disk like rotation of the Milky Way? Is the solar system rotating along a similar axis as the whole galaxy or, is it rolling like a wheel of a car in an end over end manner?

    I'm having trouble finding this anywhere on the net. Pictures or video would be nice to find.

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  3. Dec 25, 2009 #2


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    Merry Christmas!

    Hi Sam G! :smile:

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way#Appearance_from_Earth"
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  4. Dec 27, 2009 #3
    Ah ha! Thank you:-)
  5. Feb 23, 2010 #4
    The unfashionable Western end of the spiral arm, somewhere in the Orion Spur.
  6. Feb 23, 2010 #5


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    If you have seen those pictures of the Milky way, you see that it forms a band that moves across the sky (close to vertically). So, from this, you can deduce the plane of the milky way, as viewed by Earth!
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