Does the Solar System Line Up with the Milky Way?

Article written: 16 Apr , 2015
Updated: 27 Feb , 2017
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Have you ever wondered if the Solar System and the Milky Way line up perfectly, like plates spinning within plates? This is something you can test out for yourself.


We love to answer your questions, this one is clearly a fan favorite in the category of the “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…”. Our Solar System is disk shaped, with all the planets orbiting around the Sun in roughly the same plane. AND the Milky Way is also disk shaped, with all the stars orbiting around and around the center of the galaxy. Wouldn’t it be crazy if the Milky Way and the Solar System lined up? Why would that happen?

Do all Solar Systems line up with the Milky Way, like plates spinning on plates spinning on plates? And those plates are on smaller plates. It’s spinning plates all the way down.

The answer is unfortunately “no”, because yes, it is cool when things line up. At this point, I know you’re immediately thinking I’m in the pocket of “Big Plate shape”, but I can assure you that’s not the truth. The Nibiruans, CIA and Big Dental pay much better than those cheap disc jerks have ever ponied up.

The good news is, you don’t have to take science’s word for this. In fact, you can check this out for yourself. If you’ve spent any time watching the sky, you’ll know that the Sun takes roughly the same path across the sky every day. It rises in the East, travels across the sky, and then sets in the West. For me here in Canada, the Sun rises over there in the Winter, it trundles sadly across the horizon to the South, and then sets in the West.

If you live on the equator, you might see the Sun pass right overhead during the day. And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you might see the Sun go across the North in the sky. As we spin, the Sun always goes along a predictable line. We can always point at it and say “There’s the center of our solar system”. The Moon takes the same path, and so do the rest of the planets. It’s the plane of the ecliptic, and we’re embedded right in the middle of it. If you get to dark enough skies, you can see the Milky Way. It’s that faint cloudy band that goes across the sky. If the Solar System and the Milky Way had their Frisbees lined up, we could see the Sun, Moon and planets always be in front of the Milky Way.

Milky Way. ESO/S. Guisard

Milky Way. ESO/S. Guisard

But they’re not, the Milky Way is actually inclined from the celestial equator at 63-degrees. They cross each other through the constellations of Monoceros and Aquila-Serpens-Ophiuchus. For me, the Milky Way starts over there and ends up over there. The plane of the ecliptic and the Milky Way make a big cross in the sky. The orientation between the Solar System and the Milky Way is coincidence. They just happen to be perpendicular-ish. But they could also just happen to line up, and that would be nothing more than a coincidence too.

The Milky Way and the Solar System aren’t lined up. They couldn’t be any more un-lined up if they tried. Here’s the Milky Way, here’s the Solar System. I’m a Power Ranger. So, I’m sorry, but just won’t be able to use that to justify your cosmic theories about the return of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or alternately… like any good conspiracy style thinking…

Good news! The Milky Way and Solar System are almost perpendicular and clearly that near-opposite alignment generates some kind of woogly ethereal gyroscopic metastatic force that clearly is causing your gluten sensitivity and heralds the coming of FSM. What magical effect is this perpendicular alignment causing for you? Tell us in the comments below.

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8 Responses

  1. ronfurg says

    I believe the non-alignment makes me dizzy. Thanks for giving me this great excuse for my wobbliness. PS – I love Universe Today and your zaniness.

  2. Frimlin says

    You know it seems really obvious now you point it out like that. 😀

    Thanks Fraser!

  3. This perpendicular arrangement of the Milky Way must be the reason I now prefer Three Musketeers.

  4. tonybudz says

    Well, you’re sort of thinking two dimensionally, we don’t simply spin around the galaxy, we also go up and down as we spin around the spatial grid like ripples on the water.

  5. Ynot594123 says

    Amazing how this site is called universetoday and still teach ignorant 50s model. The planets are spiraling behind the sun which is also spiraling around the galaxy. With the galaxy so large, taking 260 million for 1 revolution, do you really think your looking at the milky way! You do know that they are 2 belts of meteorites, one rotating around the sun and the 2nd rotating perpendicular to the van allen belt. lastly the ORT cloud.

  6. Ynot594123 says

    Your milky way is the belt kuiper belt and the Oort cloud gas. And in the fall and spring solistace you can see the the van allen belt on the horizon at dusk or dawn, which are called sun dogs. Cosmic education is a con that they cant conceal.

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      Ivan3man_At_Large says

      Firstly, dude, lay off the magic mushrooms!

      Secondly, FYI, the faint, diffuse light that can be seen at the ecliptic on the horizon just after sunset in spring, and just before sunrise in autumn, is called zodiacal light, not “sun dogs” – which are an atmospheric phenonemon.

  7. Ynot594123 says

    Modern Astronomy Science is the biggest hoax and false teachings that still has its roots in the Christian Church of MASS ignorance. Its sad that websites like this and books and T.V documentries that are supposed teach a science aka the truths still hold and perpetrate ignorance, lies and darkness on a science that holds the answers to life on who we are and how life came to exist and even showing an intelligent order and purpose. Shame on this site. You should be tried and sentence to your own religious ignorant inquisitations for spreading lies to the masses on a sacred science!!!!!!!!

    [Moderator: I’ve decided not to delete this comment so that the rest of you can have a good laugh! 😉 ]

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