A groundbreaking video of space shows that a solar system looks like "spaceship" hurtling through the universe

Dmytro IvancheskulLife
The cosmic dance of the planets is much more interesting than it may seem at first glance

Mankind is well aware of such phenomena as the expansion of the Universe, which began billions of years ago after the Big Bang and continues to this day. However, many people still do not realize the simple fact that our solar system is not just planets dancing around the Sun but also an amazing spaceship rushing through the universe together with the luminary at great speed.

OBOZREVATEL shares how people's ideas of the motion of the planets changed and shows a video that reconstructs the flight of mankind through boundless space (to see the video, make the news to the end).

Geocentrism, heliocentrism...

If not to recall ancient beliefs and not to delve into scientific discourses, mankind believed in two basic models of the construction of the universe.

The first was somewhat maximalist and egoistic and was called geocentrism. According to this theory, the Earth was the center of the universe and all other cosmic objects circled in their orbits around it.

Later came Nicolaus Copernicus, who placed the Sun at the center of the universe, around which all the planets circled, including the Earth, which also spun on its axis. At the same time, Copernicus adhered to certain old visions. In particular, he believed that the universe was finite and that the stars in it were stationary.

Now we live in the 21st century and we already know that the first theory is wrong and the second is not completely true. Yes, the heliocentric theory is true because everything in our solar system revolves around the Sun, but our system is far from the whole Universe and not even a galaxy. It is only a part of the galaxy called the Milky Way.

We also know that all objects in space are in a state of motion. Even the Sun is flying through space, along with the entire system.

We all live in something that looks like a spiral

Thus, what does our solar system look like and what kind of motion is going on? According to recent theories, the Sun is the center of something resembling a spiral (although many astronomers dispute this formulation) in which the planets of our system and all other cosmic bodies circle.

According to NASA, the Sun orbits around the center of the Milky Way, attracting planets, asteroids, comets and other objects behind it. All this happens at a speed of 720,000 kilometers per hour.

Even though the speed is high, the Sun (and the Earth, too) needs about 230 million years (according to other estimates, 250 million years) to make one complete revolution around the Milky Way.

The Sun, as we know, continues to rotate on its axis at a tilt of 7.25 degrees regarding the planets' orbital plane while moving through the galaxy.

But since our luminary is not a solid body, its different parts rotate at different speeds. The Sun makes one rotation around its axis in about 25 Earth days at the equator, and in 36 Earth days at the poles.

See what the motion of our solar system through space looks like in this fascinating video. It does not take into account certain scientific nuances related to the gravitational influence of all objects in the system and other cosmic phenomena at the galactic level. Planets are also shown without exact proportions, but it is the closest visualization of motion. Ukrainian subtitles are available in the video.

It should be noted that the video was criticized because it does not take into account that the planets do not stretch behind the Sun and can be both behind and ahead of it (it all depends on where exactly they are in their orbit). The thing is that the planets are located relative to the Sun not at an angle of 90 degrees, as shown in the video, but at an angle of 60 degrees, so the picture should look different. The more realistic motion of the planets is shown in the short animation in the second video.

In the first video, the Sun also appears to be traveling in a straight line, although its motion can be described as somewhat chaotic since it has its own orbit and can move up and down relative to the rest of the galaxy.

Earlier OBOZREVATEL also shared the fact that dinosaurs existed on Earth, but in a completely different part of the galaxy.

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