solar system spinning?

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spacerings

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Does the solar system spin within the galaxy? I've been reading more and discovered that the sun spins <br />(actually didn't know that), the planets, the galaxy and the universe but I've googled and can't find out if the galaxy does.<br /><br />Does anything NOT spin?
 
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The solar system goes 'round the galaxy ~4 times per billion years.<br /><br />Tired of the view, just wait a while, it will change.<br /><br /><img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" /><br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#ff0000"><strong>TPTB went to Dallas and all I got was Plucked !!</strong></font></p><p><font color="#339966"><strong>So many people, so few recipes !!</strong></font></p><p><font color="#0000ff"><strong>Let's clean up this stinkhole !!</strong></font> </p> </div>
 
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spacerings

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I mean, does the solar system itself spin as it is rotating around our galaxy?
 
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Not as a unit.<br /><br />The sun turns on its axis once every 28 days or so, all the planets take differing amounts of time to go around the sun.<br /><br />Mercury 88 days, to Pluto every 1/4 millenium. (overlooking the new objects way out there) <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#ff0000"><strong>TPTB went to Dallas and all I got was Plucked !!</strong></font></p><p><font color="#339966"><strong>So many people, so few recipes !!</strong></font></p><p><font color="#0000ff"><strong>Let's clean up this stinkhole !!</strong></font> </p> </div>
 
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harmonicaman

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Everything in the Solar System is in orbit spinning around the Sun, so I guess you could say yes, the Solar System is spinning.<br /><br />Note that our own Milky Way galaxy seems to be spinning around a mythical point in space called "The Great Attractor" which is a cluster of galaxies associated with our "Local Group" of galaxies.<br /><br />Nothing in space moves in a straight line; everything seems to be rotating around something else...<br />
 
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spacerings

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Harmonicaman, <br />I have heard that all galaxies are revolving around a "center" of the universe. Is that true? And is that what you're referring to or do you mean our galaxy is in a set of galaxies that are rotating around a different point?
 
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nexium

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Hi spacerings: Not true. We don't know the location of the center of the Universe. If we did, there would be many exceptions, that rotated around a point far from the center, otherwise Harmonicaman likely ment approximently what you typed. All movement is relative, so you can pick a frame of reference where several peices are close to stationary to each other, at least breifly, in different galactic groups, but that is coincidence, rather than meaningful. Otherwise, it is correct to say nothing is stationary. Neil
 
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harmonicaman

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Every point in the universe sees itself as being located at the very center of the universe; that's because the universe is space and time expanding within a <i>singularity</i> -- and everything within a singularity is both its center and edge, thus everything in the universe is both at the center and the edge of the universe!<br /><br />(The "Edge" of the universe is right in front of your nose at the speed of light, it's right there but you can't get to it...)
 
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