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!”

  • Danny B. says:

    Granted, we do not live on the edge of a nebula with many close stars for view. However, we are positioned very well within our galaxy to see and understand our position within the Local Group of galaxies and to comprehend the age of the universe. If we were closer to the center of the Milky Way, we may not be able to see stars and galaxies up 13.2 billion light years away.

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  • Paul Shep says:

    Noting where we are/exist within our own Solar/Galaxy system greatly emphasises how insignificant we are in relation to this Universe. That is until we pedal backwards and look at the diversity our own planet offers through evolution. Therefore we cannot be placed anywhere else in the cosmos, for what we have become. Yes I would love to see a world from another perspective in another galaxy. As for God (ref to Who created this), I cannot make reference to such in the wider equation of what the Universe is…it doesn’t add up. Beautiful it all is and best placed where we are until we are no more.

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  • Jason (Australia) says:

    Where else could we watch the red storm on Jupiter with Halley’s Comet’s tail stretching thousands of miles across the sky? Where else would great auroras light up the poles of our home with brilliant greens blues and reds while our own fantastic cyclones tower above our world. We have yet to understand our own corner of the universe. I could think of many, many more boring places.

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  • Aquahealer says:

    I wrote this earlier today. According to the math we have discovered, life must be in abundance everywhere across the universe. To say there is no life in Australia makes no sense. If grass grows here then it must grow there, or at least some other form of it. If life exists here then it must exist on other planets that have the same opportunity for life to evolve. But the fact that life adapts to its environment means that life MUST exist everywhere but just in different forms. We know we can’t get too close to the sun or we will not survive, but near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy life has a far greater opportunity to evolve being there is so much more “dirt” available for life to grow. Yes much more radiation too, but life will adapt, the life forms that exist there are much more suited to be surrounded by exploding stars. The dinosaurs were obliterated but life is still here, it evolved into what we are today. As long as one organism survives it will thrive….it’s out there in the middle of all that mess of stars and planets…getting obliterated again and again….morphing into this and that….to imagine what’s out there is unimaginable. But it’s all there….and we are here on our little Hawaiian island, we just need to travel across the galaxy like Columbus did to find the New World…..but remember there are also many many islands teaming with life too.

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  • Lightworker 2020 says:

    Dear all, there is a very good reason for this. Well spotted from a scientific point of view. But I will comment only very briefly in the Metaphysical and spiritual validity of this placing. There is a great deal more to it that cannot be fully covered in this small blog.

    It is my understanding that in the divine plan we and Earth are a universal experimental planet. This planet has been created then seeded with life (the pick of the bunch!) from various system sources over the billions of years. After the earth was created and formed into a life giving planet, humans were added to the pot. Not all at once, but over hundreds of thousands of years, altering DNA and boosting it as necessary. The various core races you see on earth today are as a result of seeding from different planets. Some previous planetary races were tried but were unsuccessful.

    The “experiment” was to see if the smallest flicker of (divine)light which we have all had planted in our soul, could overcome the “darkness” and make its way back to light.

    This “Light/dark – Low/high Vibration part is over simplified here and would again make another subject).
    However, in formulating the Earth/humanity plan (which has massive Universal implications) it was necessary to ensure the experiment was not tampered with by other universal beings/entities. There are many civilizations out there very advanced spiritually or scientifically or both.The earth was deliberately set up out of the way in a far away arm of the Milky way so we would not be influenced by some of these civilizations that would see us as easy pickings for resources and slavery. It has happened in a small way in the past and we have been “helped” to ensure the big plan succeeds.

    If anyone wants literary references to our special place in the Universe please let me know.

    LW2020

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  • John says:

    Maybe we should broadcast “Last Chance for gas before leaving the Orion arm.” and see if we get more visitors. We can make a really big string ball to keep them interested.

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  • Lightworker 2020 says:

    We are already being watched by millions of craft and many many Mothercraft (out of 3d sight). There is currently knowledge of one Mothercraft some 150 miles wide presently sightable from the Eastern Pacific region but way out in space!!! Disclosure is being slow dripped into Society. Think higher dimensional non- threatening “Light” craft some capable of downshifting vibration into our 3d vision (and out again). They are already there, – but not openly until we do away with arms and violence. They are us and we are them. Google “Galactic Federation of Light”
    Watch this space!!!

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  • bella says:

    we are just a mere ant in a hill and being small minded keeps us content to the fact of death but we only need to look at our universe and how milky way looks just like the ant on earth and that we as a wonderful species live so why would other galaxys not have a planet with life cause our solar system has >>>much bigger picture that we will in time understand ……

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  • bella says:

    evolving has been our nature and yes we have came a long way with the intellectual cells , spirit well thats a matter of will and intelligence and scientific views always seems to get such a great debate but i do understand that what makes us incredible is feelings and most of all love , thats the confusing part which makes life the struggle of believe and faith. massive universe of course they are many forms of planets and life , their is a bigger picture and we are not meant to understand ,but in time to come we will grow and evolve and just not so long ago we thought the world was flat and we would fall but if we go away back to egyptian times they were very educated much more than us today <WHY , They knew the stars and solar system existed yet this only comes to our knowledge recently to date and we are still trying to figure how they built what we cant today !!! yet later in life the human species become ignorant to the world why? sumthing definately is beyond us but makes me sceptical that we are under the minds of far more superior race….

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  • alabamared says:

    People,

    We all have souls. There is lots of evidence proving this to be true. Souls are not a product of evolution. There is a God. God has created our Galaxy and us along with everything in this universe. Yes, there is lots of science out there but there is no science that can explain the human soul except for the fundamental believe in our creator.

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  • almera aguillon says:

    oh my god ,thank you so much you create this amazing galaxy

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  • Elizabeth says:

    Belief in God (our creator) does not mean there would be an exclusion of evolution. People have evolved in the smallest of ways even just over the last 2 thousand years (height being a huge obvious evolution). I believe that God created humans, and he allows us to evolve as necessary to our ever changing environment. Evolution theory does not mean there is no God, and having a God does not mean there is no evolution. . .and, there is no way to prove or discredit either. 😉

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    Skip Van Lenten replied:

    I’ve always felt that God and evolution are one and the same thing, and you state it very well.

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  • Anonymus Psuedonym says:

    I feel like this article is not very official… but I guess I agree.

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  • Anonymus Psuedonym says:

    Now stop talking about religions. Its way off topic, and it makes some people feel uncomfortable.

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  • vasantha says:

    thank you for this type of study nowing for this universe and information

    Regards

    Vasantha

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  • stormy says:

    Its not impossible to believe that being isolated from the deadly gammas and xrays near the center has helped us evolve. We already know those same elements make space dangerous for humans exploring the galaxy far away from the center. Also, look at Mars and Venus….both failed to create life, so its a delicate balance. If life was some abundant fluid aspect of the universe, we likely would find it quite easily in our own solar system and we have not. That makes me feel we are special and quite isolated in Orion. Scientists should come up with a formula for what makes life possible and then apply that to the Milky Way…..we might be shocked to find life a lot rarer than we thought!

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  • Rewind says:

    It is a quite interesting what would it be if we were not in the “golden” section of the galaxy (not too far, not too close to the center), but in the outer parts of the Orion spiral arm. Also in reply to stormy above – we do not know exactly anything about the past of Venus and Mars, only guessing. And if our Solar System age was a “day”, our entire existence on earth as humans would have been only some “seconds” compared to it.
    The more interesting thing is that life as we know it is better suited for the golden places in the universe – golden place in our solar system, golden place in our galaxy, not sure if the galaxy itself is at some kind of golden place in our galaxy cluster 🙂

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  • Tangible says:

    On Earth, life as we know it is very familiar. But ONLY for Earth. That’s because of our planet’s gravity. I think that one of the steps in determining what life on another planet would look like is to take into consideration that planets gravity. A low gravity planet may have very tall, skinny creatures, or maybe perhaps a gasseous entity. A high gravity planet may possibly contain Short, creepy mole people. Maybe. But my point is that we would be appear to be just as alien as another species on some distant planet.

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  • kodsrom says:

    All I can say is that there is Someone out there, bigger than our galaxy, even greater than the universe, who designed it this way. One who is so intelligent and loving, giving us this special privilege to exist in this part of the vastness of the universe.

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