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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2019 edited
     
    Depends on whether you're looking at the bottom or the top. Read the label.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2019
     
    All planets and moons (except Triton) orbit in the same direction unless smashed into.

    So is dark fluid influencing the way galaxies rotate?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2019
     
    How do you define clockwise for the whole universe?

    The solar system objects mostly spin the same way as the original gas cloud did - conservation of angular momentum. You might want to consult Vibrator on that. He's the expert.

    Are you going to define our little system as the standard for comparison?

    But it's an interesting question whether the solar system spins the same way as the Milky Way.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2019
     
    Posted By: TrimSo is dark fluid influencing the way galaxies rotate?

    I'm not an astrologist but galaxies do not rotate. They swirl.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2019
     
    How do you define clockwise for the whole universe?

    The opposite of anti-clockwise silly.
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    Posted By: aber0der
    Posted By: TrimSo is dark fluid influencing the way galaxies rotate?

    I'm not an astrologist but galaxies do not rotate. They swirl.


    You are more correct than you think, and that is the solution to the "dark matter mystery" of anomalous galactic rotation profiles.
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    Posted By: TrimHow do you define clockwise for the whole universe?

    The opposite of anti-clockwise silly.


    So what are you saying... the little red numbers count down instead of up?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2019
     
    In ancient Greek, no.
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    Hey, I'm old enough to remember when a telephone had a dial, clocks had faces, video and audio recordings used actual tape, and televisions had tubes. But I don't think I remember seeing an ancient Greek clockface, unless it was a sundial.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2019
     
    Angus should remember.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2019
     
    I was sick that day.
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2019
     
    Posted By: AngusBut it's an interesting question whether the solar system spins the same way as the Milky Way.

    I don't know whether they spin or swirl the "same" way, but the plane of the solar system (more particularly, the plane of the sun's orbit) and the plane of the Milky Way are inclined to each other at an angle of 63 degrees.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2019
     
    Posted By: oak
    Posted By: AngusBut it's an interesting question whether the solar system spins the same way as the Milky Way.

    I don't know whether they spin or swirl the "same" way, but the plane of the solar system (more particularly, the plane of the sun's orbit) and the plane of the Milky Way are inclined to each other at an angle of 63 degrees.


    Thanks. I didn't know that. It answers my question, since I was wondering whether the solar system had inherited any swirl from the galaxy, but that orientation makes it seem unlikely.
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    It also wobbles from one side of the galactic plane to the other, so it does maintain a specific relationship to the galaxy as it orbits the big center of mass in SagA*.
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    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2019
     
    RIP, Opportunity

    It was a good run.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2019
     
    Poor kid was only 15.
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