Hubble Space telescope image of NGC 3370
NASA Astronomy picture of day October 29, 2011
Click on the APOD link to see this fabulous Hubble telescope image of Spiral Galaxy NGC3370 in all its glory and majesty. It is in the constellation of Leo about 98 million light years from us.
One of the many paradoxes in scientific terminology is that the most luminous part at the center of this beautiful galaxy may be a black hole!
Modern astronomy suggest that our Solar system is located in the Orion-Cygnus spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy. From outer space the view of Milky Way could resemble NGC 3370. (In fact, a bit humbler looking galaxy NGC 1365 may be a more accurate match to our Milky Way.)
We are spinning!
Can you feel the movement of these carousels?
Our planet Earth spins around 500 meters per second.
Our Earth revolves around Sun at the speed of 30 kilometers per second.
Our Sun rotates in the Milky Way about 250 km per second.
Milky Way rotates slowly - once in perhaps fifteen or fifty million years
But our solar system is speeding with the huge structure of the Milky Way through space at the speed of 630 km/s and the speed is apparently accelerating. There are no breaks in this vehicle.
Can you feel the majestic movements of these carousels?
Thank God for gravity that keeps us down to Earth!