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Physicists and astronomers have long believed that the Universe has mirror symmetry, like a basketball, but recent findings from the University of Michigan dispute this. The findings suggest that the shape of the Big Bang might be more complicated than previously thought, and that the early universe spun about an axis.
The excess is small, about 7 percent, but the chance that it could be a cosmic accident is something like one in a million,” Longo said. “These results are extremely important because they appear to contradict the almost universally accepted notion that on sufficiently large scales the Universe is isotropic, with no special direction.”
To test for the assumed mirror symmetry, physics professor Michael Longo and a team of five undergraduates catalogued the rotation direction of tens of thousands of spiral galaxies photographed in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Until this bigger picture comes about, I think claims like this are pure guesswork, bounded by our own limits of understanding.
Originally posted by SergeantTrammelant
I personally believe that mankind doesn't have a clue as to what the universe, or reality for that matter, is.
....no one can tell me what the universe IS.
.......I think claims like this are pure guesswork, bounded by our own limits of understanding.
Originally posted by Lagrimas
wonder if aliens in left spinning galaxies watches turn backward though ??
Using 20,000 stars observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II), an international team of astronomers has discovered that the outer Milky Way is a mix of two distinct components rotating in opposite directions.
"By examining the motions and chemical makeup of the stars, we can see that the inner and outer halos are quite different beasts and they probably formed in different ways at different times," explained Daniela Carollo, a researcher at the Italy's Torino Observatory and the Australian National University.
WHERE does all the spin COME FROM?
Originally posted by Devino
reply to post by XPLodER
Are you still following the premiss that rotation is a product of left over momentum from the big bang?
I never liked that answer and compared it to sweeping the question under the rug (the big bang rug), meaning it never answered the original question, "What causes things to rotate?"
Following the 'right hand rule' puts some galaxies upside down compared to others.
This is how we observe the Milky Way from Earth's perspective and observed local solar motions. The motions in the Milky Way are moving in the opposite direction to the motions in our solar system.
Almost all rotations and orbital motions in our solar system go in a counter-clockwise direction yet the Milky Way moves in a clockwise direction opposing our solar motions. So if we follow the right hand rule (counter clockwise motion) to designate the North pole by axial rotation then the Planet Venus is upside down with an axial tilt of 2.7°. This would then mean our solar plane is tilted by 120° to that of the Milky Way and not 60° as most assume. In other words, at 60° we are upside down compared with our galaxy or vise versa depending on your ego.
After looking at these celestial motions I get the feeling that there is a force that causes rotational motions and is not left over momentum from the big bang.