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    ( turning in circles )
    I recently commented on Xarene's post about how oblivious we are that even while we're just sitting in our deskchair's reading a space collective post such as this, we're moving at 1040 miles/hr around the Earth's central axis. This could be extrapolated much farther, to the rotations of the solar system, the galexy itself, and whatever may be beyond that (maybe a mad scientist gazing into this petri dish of universes, who himself revolves around some central axis of some other planet in some entirely different systems of galexies).

    BUT you can actually watch the world turn very easily. HERE'S HOW!!!

    As the day comes to a close proceed to a hilltop and gaze towards the sun. Just sit there, and instead of thinking of the sun setting, think of yourself rolling backwards away from it. It's crazy.

    [earthlings watching the world turn, compliments of Richard Andjo]

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    gleb     Wed, Jul 18, 2007  Permanent link
    You just eliminated sunsets! This is rather unrelated, but talking about the fact that is not setting anywhere makes me think of Prof. Greenberg at UCLA and that makes me think of him explain another very interesting thing - a lap. You only have a lap when you are sitting down! When you are standing up there is no lap, but once you sit you have one and you can go as far as inviting someone else to sit on your lap. (As mentioned before, no direction connection to sunsets).
    necromelia;     Tue, Jul 24, 2007  Permanent link
    Another way to watch the world turn....

    And if you think about it, it's actually kind of amazing considering humans have only been exploring space since around 1957, the exchange of information on the internet has really only been around for a good twenty to thirty years, and youtube's practically a baby.
    richard     Thu, Jul 26, 2007  Permanent link
    according to wikipedia:

    "Stars are not spread uniformly across the universe, but are normally grouped into galaxies along with interstellar gas and dust. A typical galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars, and there are more than 100 billion (1011) galaxies in the observable universe.[39] While it is often believed that stars only exist within galaxies, intergalactic stars have been discovered.[40]

    Astronomers estimate that there are at least 70 sextillion (7×1022) stars in the observable universe.[41] That is 230 billion times as many as the 300 billion in the Milky Way."