Question: What is our solar systems galactic position?

In summary, the Milky Way is inclined at an angle of 60° to the Earth's orbit, with the North Galactic Pole located near beta Comae Berenices. Our solar system is rotating along a similar axis as the entire galaxy, rather than rolling like a wheel. Pictures and videos of the Milky Way can be found online.
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Sam G
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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.

Thanks
 
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Merry Christmas!

Hi Sam G! :smile:

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way#Appearance_from_Earth"
The plane of the Milky Way is inclined by about 60° to the ecliptic (the plane of the Earth's orbit), with the North Galactic Pole situated at right ascension 12h 49m, declination +27.4° (B1950) near beta Comae Berenices …
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Ah ha! Thank you:-)
 
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The unfashionable Western end of the spiral arm, somewhere in the Orion Spur.
 
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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!
 

Related to Question: What is our solar systems galactic position?

1. What is the name of our galaxy?

Our galaxy is called the Milky Way.

2. Where is our solar system located in the Milky Way?

Our solar system is located on one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way, about two-thirds of the way out from the center.

3. How many other solar systems are in the Milky Way?

It is estimated that there are between 100 and 400 billion other solar systems in the Milky Way.

4. Does our solar system have a specific position within the Milky Way?

Yes, our solar system is located about 27,000 light-years away from the center of the Milky Way and is tilted at an angle of about 60 degrees relative to the galactic plane.

5. What is the significance of our solar system's position in the Milky Way?

Our solar system's position in the Milky Way affects the amount of starlight and cosmic radiation that reaches us, as well as our view of the night sky and the distribution of planets and other objects within our galaxy.

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