Thank you for making the numbers in your song accurate, Monty Python.
“Earth revolves at 900 miles an hour”
“Earth orbits around the sun at 19 miles a second”
“Nearby solar systems plus ours moves around the center of the Milky Way at 1,000,000 miles a day via 40,000 miles an hour”
“The Milky Way contains 100,000,000,000 stars”
“The Milky Way is 100,000 lightyears long”
“The centre of the Milky Way is 60,000 lightyears wide, but the spiral arm in which Sol is located is only 3,000 lightyears wide”
“We’re 30,000 lightyears from galactical central point”
“We orbit around said galactic central point every 200,000,000 years”
Almost all of these were legitimate answers to questions on my Astronomy final last semester, and thanks to Monty Python, I did well.
Must have been strange muttering and humming that song to myself while taking the exam, tho.
The Philosopher’s Song, on the other hand, was less useful to me in my philosophy exams…
One thing I’m kinda’ fed up with reading on here are all the posts complaining about Pluto not being a planet any more. Educate yourselves, people, if you feel THAT passionately about it…educate yourselves! Pluto IS a planet, it’s merely been reclassified as a dwarf planet, of which there are at least five in our solar system, but possibly as many as nine. At least one of them, Eris, is actually bigger than Pluto. So if you’re going to argue that Pluto should be classified as a planet, then Eris should be too.
Rather than complaining that there are now only eight planets instead of nine, how about you get excited about the fact that, if you include all of the dwarf planets, there are seventeen planets in our solar system! How cool is that?
So stop grumbling about Pluto’s reclassification and, instead, give some love to Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris, Orcus, Quaoar, 2007OR10 and Sedna instead!
Indeed…wouldn’t your energies be better expended on lamenting the lack of a proper name for poor old 2007OR10?
Just look at it…
…doesn’t it deserve a better name?