Comment of the Week: I Don’t Know Much About Astronomy


This week I shared with all of you the galaxy map for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I thought it was weird that some regions of space were in the same place that they would be in a map made 1000 years later. But MrFlibble set me straight.

The milky way galaxy takes about 200 million years to make one complete rotation, so a time period that seems like a long time to us, say 1,000 years, would actually allow for almost zero rotation in the cycle of a galaxy.

For example, a 1 degree rotation of our galaxy would take 555,555.55 years, so 1,000 years would only produce about 1/500th of a degree rotation in a galaxy.

Excellent work, MrFlibble. You da man.

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2 Comments on Comment of the Week: I Don’t Know Much About Astronomy

SupremeAllah

On October 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Learning hurts!

No more!

MrFlibble

On October 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Is it sad that before I took astronomy in college I had already learned the math concerning our galaxy’s rotation, and our place within the galaxy, of all places, from a Monty Python movie?

Monty Python – 1
The money I spent on a college education – 0