May 13, 2009

Planet alignment

"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way." --Franklin P. Adams

I'm on my second reading of The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, and as I was reading chapter three, I suddenly wondered if all of the planets orbit the sun in the same horizontal plane.  Perhaps some have a vertical rotation, or varying inclinations.  Every picture I've ever seen has them all lined up in a lovely row, but it's easier to compare them that way.  I was trying to imagine how the fabric of space warps in all three dimensions, which is really hard to do and I haven't managed it yet.  Three dimensional warping though doesn't necessitate all the planets orbit horizontally.  It was a fun thought to have for a few minutes.  Then I looked it up.  Turns out all of the planets are pretty much in the same plane because they all formed from a cloud of gas that was circling the sun.  Although, now I think about it again, why couldn't this cloud fully surround the sun?  But then in which direction would it rotate?  Hmmmm...


  1. I believe that this another reason that Pluto was downgraded from planet status: it's orbit is so much more inclined than the real planets that it probably didn't form as part of the solar cloud. Or something like that anyway. :)

  2. Oh cool! I didn't know that, thanks!

  3. Hey freethinkers.

    It dosn't make any sense why the planets allign they way they do with conventional theory. I've resently learned about the plasmatheory as a cosmology explanation as opposed to the Einsten's relativitytheory. It's says the universe is electric, like tesla knew , that einstein was wrong and well check for yourself here

  4. Anon- That's quite an article. I don't have the brain power for it tonight, but I'll give it a good read when I have the chance. Thanks!