Thursday, March 19, 2009

How fast is the earth moving?

Pretty damn fast. But it's almost impossible to tell. We're moving in so many directions (Space Daily)…
  • The Earth spins on its axis at 1,037 miles per hour
  • It moves around the sun at 19 miles per second
  • The Solar System rotates around the Milky Way at 137 miles per second
  • The Local Group (the cluster of galaxies the Milky Way belongs to) moves at 391 miles per second
Can you just add this all up? Nah, that would be way too easy. "The speeds listed here cannot simply be added up to arrive at an overall speed due to the fact that they refer to movements in different directions."

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