Earth versus Galactic Orbital Planes
Date: May 2, 2011
In relationship to the Milky Way would Earth actually be
on its side? The Milky Way band moves in the night sky which leads
me to believe Earth's rotation is 90 or 180 degrees different from
the Milky Way's rotation.
The difference between the celestrial and galactic equators is
approximately 63 degrees.
Good question. I am not sure just what the solar system's orientation
would be relative to the plane of the Milky Way. However, since there
is really no up or down or sideways in space, it does not matter much.
Thanks for asking, though.
David H. Levy
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