Happy Galactic Tick Day

Posted: Sep 29 2016, 1:11pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Happy Galactic Tick Day
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We have a lot of celebrations each and every year to mark the "New Year" or the procession of the Earth around the Sun. Rarely do we ever celebrate the fact that we are moving around the Milky Way at quite a clip - 828,000 km/h.

In order to celebrate that, a group of scientists have started a new holiday called "Galactic Tick Day" which will celebrate the path the Sun takes around our galaxy - the one we just hang on for.

Unfortunately the holiday isn't quite so easy to mark, as it happens every 1.74 Earth years, which means that the date changes significantly every year. Today, though, is the lucky day this year.

The holiday's goal is to raise awareness for the fact that it isn 't just planets that orbit the stars, but also stars that orbit the center of galaxies.

"Hopefully, some people will realise that the Sun is in motion, when they may have thought it was stationary before," 26-year-old David Sneider, one of the creators of the holiday, told Space.com. "And perhaps for people who already know about this motion and know something about astronomy, if they're educating their peers and their friends ... that's also something really nice."

"All of these scientific facts, when you put them together and start synthesising [them] it becomes very invigorating," he said. "This is a planetary society. Whether we like it or not we're all in it together. And to be able to have that level of conversation and kind of see people arrive at insights similar to that through science education is really amazing."

Measuring Galactic Tick Day is difficult because they needed to choose a start point, so they just chose October 2, 1608, when Hans Lippershey filed the patent for the first telescope, which brought "awareness of the nature of the Universe", according to the Galactic Tick Day site.

It is difficult to get people into the celebration, but they hope to do it until it catches on.

"It's just an idea ... It's successful if people are talking about it," Sneider told Space.com.

"I'm actually pretty surprised to see how excited people are getting about it ... It took the founders of Mother's Day about two to three decades to get that going. And, you know, if this has some iota of traction in the next 10 to 15 years, I'll consider that a success."

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