Our Solar System is in a Boring Part of the Milky Way Galaxy!

Earth's Location in the Milky Way Galaxy

Earth's Location in the Milky Way Galaxy

I know you’ve all been thinking it!  The Solar System is in a really boring part of the Milky Way Galaxy.  We are marooned out here in one of the remote (some may say back water) areas of the Orion Spiral Arm about 20 degrees above the galactic plane and about 28,000 light years from the center of the galaxy.

To illustrate my point, consider the following:  We are on the outer edge of a spiral arm.  The closest star, Proxima Centauri is 4.2 light years away.  The closest planetary nebula, the Helix Nebula, is over 45o light years away. Folks, there is nothing around us!  Consider what it would be like if we were near the galactic core.  Our night sky would be filled with the glow of millions of neighboring suns.  It would be sprinkled with the multicolored mosaic of numerous nebulae.  It would crackle with the energy of stars being consumed by the massive black hole at the center of our galaxy which would be visible only by the light that is able to escape it’s enormous event horizon.

Night Sky at the Galactic Core

Night Sky at the Galactic Core

I wonder though, has our relatively quiet location allowed life to form on our planet?  If we lived closer to core, would our planet be constantly bombarded by the lethal energy being released by dying stars going nova? Would the planet be subject to the unending impact of bits and pieces of other solar systems that are constantly being ripped apart by the gravity wells of millions of neighboring stars?  Maybe by being left alone out here, life was given a chance to happen.

Tell us what you think.  If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be?

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45 Responses to “Our Solar System is in a Boring Part of the Milky Way Galaxy!”

  • Justin Nguyen says:

    Wonder if anyone knows that, once we pass away all of our questions will be answered.

    Maybe, just maybe if we are a good soul we could have the ability to travel in space at the speed God granted to us. Let say million time the speed of light.

    After all, dying was not as a bad idea as its may have sound!


  • Callme jr.einsTein says:

    That is a pretty cool way of thinking! But Columbus had ships that took a week to build and for us to make a ship and to teach hundreds of generations what our goal is will thousands of years. And if we cannot adapt to the new life that our explorers have found nearer the core, then when we get back perhaps we will not be able to adapt to the new life back on earth.some people will just be born to be a teacher to the next generation and that’s when people begin to play god. those people are the first generation of explorers
    Who decided the rest of the people’s fate. But If all works well with technology and we wait 46000 light years for this machine to come back and the other planets are uninhabitable then we will be a subject to our own ignorance because the mission would have been a waste of time and resources which our small planet has so little of.


    Callme jr.einsTein replied:

    Will take thousands of years*


  • Drew says:

    I know God loves us but why does he have to be so mysterious? Just sayin.


  • Stacy says:

    if I could be anywhere in the universe, I would want to be in the center of a black hole. To see the brute force might Power of stars, planets, nebulas, solar systems, and all different sorts of phenomens being ripped, torn apart and pulled out of this universe and then hurled to a different universe, maybe even another dimension and then reforming the cosmos would be absolutely mind boggling just to think about it


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