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(Boing Boing)   The helical model of the solar system you learned in the third grade? About that   (boingboing.net) divider line 13
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2012-12-27 09:14:36 PM
3 votes:

jack21221: There is no "center of the universe."


My wife begs to differ.
2012-12-27 03:58:42 PM
2 votes:
hawcian: I'm not sure about you, but I have trouble seeing the other stars during the daytime.

You clearly live in the wrong hemisphere and/or are reading my comment during the wrong time of day. Please move to China or wait roughly 12 hours, then try your message again. =P
2012-12-27 03:37:16 PM
2 votes:

LesserEvil: Boojum2k: I think we'd notice the Sun emitting a light-year long jet from its South Pole.

The Solar System is moving due to gravitation, not thrust.

It also doesn't move perpendicular to the ecliptic plane, but the guy who made the video "doesn't buy into that".

Alrighty then. Never let the facts get in the way of your creative epiphany, then.


I'm fairly certain a bong played a large part in this.
2012-12-28 07:28:25 AM
1 votes:

mcmnky: THE YELLOW ONE IS THE SUN!


Will someone please think about Pluto
2012-12-27 06:48:02 PM
1 votes:
It's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.
2012-12-27 05:03:33 PM
1 votes:
I was looking forward to the "why is this important" explanation, but was highly disappointed when the answer was "because flowers!"
2012-12-27 04:02:37 PM
1 votes:
images.sodahead.com
2012-12-27 03:54:33 PM
1 votes:

Mikey1969: A: it's "heliocentric", not "helical"


And since "helical" actually means spiral, subby is extra bonus dumb

/subby here
2012-12-27 03:53:25 PM
1 votes:

Edymnion: There is a very easy way to determine if the heliocentric plane is parallel or perpendicular to the galactic plane, and fortunately you can walk outside right now and see it (which is a rare occurrence to have it line up so nicely).

You can see the band of the milky way behind the sun (which was part of the whole mayan doomsday thing, the galactic alignment). That shows that the solar system is parallel to the galactic plane as you can see the line formed by the Eath, the Sun, and the center of the galaxy. If it were perpendicular, then at no point could this alignment occur.

And if we want to get technical, the Eart/Sun/Galactic Center alignment is pretty darned routine, its just rare that we get all of the tilts and timing to line up for us to see it so easily.


I'm not sure about you, but I have trouble seeing the other stars during the daytime.
2012-12-27 03:39:31 PM
1 votes:
Helical?
2012-12-27 03:37:23 PM
1 votes:

pudding7: Let's see, the Sun and planets are moving through space while the planets orbit the Sun.

Nope, that pretty much matches exactly with what I was taught in 3rd grade.


But this is different, man, because everything is moving in THREE DIMENSIONS. Like, woah, by voice totally echoed there, that was cool.
2012-12-27 03:33:18 PM
1 votes:
Let's see, the Sun and planets are moving through space while the planets orbit the Sun.

Nope, that pretty much matches exactly with what I was taught in 3rd grade.
2012-12-27 03:29:23 PM
1 votes:
Won't someone think of the potatoes?
 
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