posted on Sep, 27 2012 @ 07:18 PM
reply to post by osirys
It requires a little more use of your brain than a 17 second erroneous video, but;
Where is the ecliptic in relation to the Milky Way?
The video implies a 90 degree axial tilt to the solar system's eliptic plane as opposed to sympathizing with the galactic ecliptic.
Fact of the matter is, despite misleading videos;
The equator (or plane) of the Milky Way is tilted by about 60º to the plane of the ecliptic, the plane of the Earth’s orbit
around the sun.
The plane of the Earth’s orbit around the sun is called the ecliptic. The plane of the ecliptic projected onto the stellar sphere marks the
sun’s annual path in front of the background stars. Although the sun appears to move eastward through the stars at about one degree per day, this
apparent motion is really a reflection of the Earth orbiting the sun.
What is the ecliptic?
The ecliptic is an important reference and is often highlighted on sky charts. Because the planets of the solar system circle the sun on nearly the
same plane that the Earth circles the sun, the planets are always found on or close to the ecliptic. The plane of the moon’s orbit around Earth is
only somewhat askew to the plane of the ecliptic, so the moon is always found on or near the ecliptic, too. When the new moon aligns with the
ecliptic, we have a total eclipse of the sun. When the full moon aligns with the ecliptic, we have a total lunar eclipse.
The video is pretty, but, the video is WRONG.
The universe is much more complex than you want to believe it is.
You can try to simplify and reduce your understanding of the universe down to misleading and false videos, or you can even go back to Copernican
spheres of influence if you like, but, no matter how much you want to simplify the universe, the universe will have a thing or two to say in
disagreement if you stopped looking at Youtube and actually looked at the sky.
Edit: Thank you Arbitrageur. You beat me to it.
edit on 27-9-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)