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Originally posted by skepticconwatcher
reply to post by osirys
Looks kind of like a DNA strand no ?
Has nobody in this thread got a clue that this is WRONG???
Originally posted by osirys
I wanted to share this, didnt see it posted yet, sorry if it is.
I know this is basic when you think about how the solar system moves through space, but when I actually saw it visualized it blew my mind. Thought you might enjoy.
The plane of the ecliptic lies at an angle of about 60° to the galactic plane.
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.
Originally posted by trollz
Uh... I'm kindof confused here. What exactly about this was amazing? Did people not know that planets revolve around the sun or that they're all moving in space? I thought this was common knowledge.
Originally posted by LucidDreamer85
To know OF, and to Understand are two different things.