Fun Facts About Where We Live

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  The following astronomical observations may make your life feel more interesting.  This is a fantastic ride that we take for granted.


bigearth.jpg (155031 bytes)  The earth is rotating at approximately 1000 miles per hour.  The actual speed depends on the latitude of the observer.  

planets.gif (14030 bytes)  Meanwhile, the Earth orbits the Sun at a speed of 19 miles per second, or 67,000 miles per hour.

milky.jpg (76903 bytes)  But hold on!  The entire solar system is orbiting through our Milky Way Galaxy at nearly half a million miles per hour. 

And, as if that wasn't enough, the Virgo Cluster, of which our galaxy is a member, is moving at nearly a million miles per hour towards a point in interclusteral space known as "The Great Attractor".



  A few photos of other galaxies from the Hubbell telescope:

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2002 Robert Willey