Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Bear is out there.
The sun, tiny dot denoted on this panel of the galactic map, comprises 99.85% of our solar system's mass. All the planets combined take up .1%, and Chuck Norris accounts for the rest.
Also taken from Wikipedia:
The Sun is currently traveling through the Local Interstellar Cloud in the Local Bubble zone, within the inner rim of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy. Of the 50 nearest stellar systems within 17 light-years from Earth (the closest being a red dwarf named Proxima Centauri at approximately 4.2 light years away), the Sun ranks fourth in mass.
Of course, there's at least a hundred billion stars in the Milky Way, which is pretty shabby compared to the trillion or so stars in the Andromeda galaxy. But overall, I'm pretty happy with our position in the universe.