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“Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems”
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"Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems" [HTML]  [PDF]   [Word]
"Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo"       [HTML]  [PDF]   [Word]


Fascinating Fact:  It is hard to imagine the very beginning of the Universe. Physical laws as we know them did not exist due to the presence of incredibly large amounts of energy. There was no Light.  In a fraction of that "moment" (a quite "relative" choice of words) following the "Big Bang", it is supposed that our "birthing" Universe expanded outwards from a "size" less than that of an atom, to "something" one hundred-trillion-trillion-trillion times larger...   to the size of a grapefruit!  The Big Bang Theory states that at some time in the distant past there was nothing. A process known as "Vacuum Fluctuation" created what Astrophysicists call a "Singularity". From that singularity,  our Universe was born...


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Fascinating F
act:  Alpha Centauri is a special star - not only because it is one of the closest stellar system to the sun but also because it is one of the relatively few places in the Milky Way Galaxy that may offer terrestrial life conditions. It's actually a triple (3-star) system.  If humanity looks for intelligent life elsewhere, then Alpha Centauri is an excellent candidate. Proxima Centauri (the closest star to the Earth) lies 24.924 trillion miles away, 4.29 light-years from the Sun. There are millions of similar stars in the Milky Way Galaxy (and billions of galaxies in the universe).

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Fascinating Fact:  Our galaxy (and thus our Solar System) is "moving" (along with the rest of the expanding and accelerating Universe) at a speed of about 1 Million miles per hour (that's 278 miles per second), or 1.62 Million Km per Hour (450 Km per second)!  The Earth is revolving around the Sun at about 33400 MPH (9.3 miles per second), or 54100 KmH (15 Km per second)!  The Earth is rotating (velocity at the Equator, and mean land-sea-level) at about 1000 MPH (or 1620 KmH)!

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