Does the Milky Way Orbit Around Something?

“The Sun revolves around the Earth.”(!)

This idea was once so common that putting forward an idea outside of it meant the death penalty.

At the point we came to, we learned that every object in the universe seems to be revolving both around itself and around another object. The Moon revolves around the Earth and itself, the Earth revolves around the Sun and itself, the Sun turns around the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Well, have you ever thought, what does the Milky Way Galaxy revolve around? Or is it spinning?

Answer is YES, Milky Way Galaxy revolves around something and revolves around itself just like the Earth. Actually the entire Milky Way Galaxy, revolves around our neighbor Andromeda Galaxy. Also, Andromeda is spinning around itself.

The three largest members of the local group are our Milky Way (second-biggest), the Andromeda galaxy (biggest) and the Triangulum Galaxy.

The Milky Way Galaxy is one of more than 54 galaxies known as the Local Group and the local group bows to the gravitational force of the Virgo Supercluster. So it’s moving around Virgo Supercluster. The Virgo Supercluster continues its movement in a group of 100,000 galaxies called the Laniakea Supercluster. So, it goes on like this.

Briefly, nothing stays still in the universe. Everything in the universe, from subatomic particles to clusters containing hundreds of thousands of galaxies, is in a continuous “spin”, primarily due to a gravitational force.

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2 Responses

  1. Tiago says:

    Milky way galaxies are interesting topic and this article made me curious about them. Thank you!

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