By now you all know that I am really interested in space and astronomy. Yes, Billy Bob, I am spaced out, way out. So, when someone mentions a tuning fork, the Hubble Tuning Fork comes to mind. What, you may ask, is a Hubble Tuning Fork? Well, it really isn't a tuning fork but rather it is graph of the different types of galaxies. The handle starts off with the most simple elliptical Galaxy which is really more like ball or circle. It then procedes through the ellipticals and then into the spirals. Artists and movie makers seem to protray all galaxies as spirals in the art and on the screen. Check the galaxy tuning fork out below:
We live in a large, beautiful spiral but our home planet is way out on one of the arms. That is why we can see most of our own galaxy. It is that creamy, bright path of light through a clear, dark night that you can see. Since we live far out on an arm, we are moving through space much, much faster than the other suns (stars) which reside closer to the center.
Now, I suppose you are going to ask me if our galaxy is spinning clockwise or counter clockwise. Well, that entirely depends on which side of the galaxy you are looking at. You know, if you could see into the back side of a clock, it would appear to be moving counter clockwise, right? Now, enjoy your ride through space and have yourselves a very great day, you hear?