The Universe’s Silent Symphony of Speed.

Physically, if not psychologically, you  really move, spin and spiral faster than you’ll  imagine!

In his work “Mind and Nature” (1979), Gregory Bateson describes the spiral shape as a common characteristic of all kinds of living matter, from the size and level of the human DNA, to galaxies. Spiraling or to spiral always implies movement,  at a certain speed.

“The Universe’s Symphony of Speed.”

1 .Movement

When standing still and upright, you are still moving pretty fast. The speed or velocity you have, depends on where you are situated geographically, on the latitudes from the earth’s equator to the poles. Near equator you speed along at 1036 mph (1667 km.h.) Up at New York City it will be approximately 764 mph or 1229 km.h. and at the South and North pole it should approach zero mph. We are talking, in other words about the Earth’s rotation about its axis.


2. Movement

Our movement does not stop there. The Earth we stand on, while rotating with us at the above mentioned rather high speeds, is also moving along with us at a speed of 6661 mph. or 11072.00 km/h around the sun.

Earth moving around the sun. North_season

3.  Movement

In addition to that, the solar system moves around the center of our Milky Way galaxy at a rate of slightly more than 497.000 mph. or 800.000 km/h.


4. Movement

Neither at all these three different speeds does the movement stop! The gigantic Milky Way we’re located in, also moves at an enormous speed in the direction of our neighboring galaxy, the M31 Andromeda spiral galaxy (photograhed on the Psychological Universe’s front page.) Here our Milky Way Galaxy, moves at a speed of approximately 292.044 mph. or 470.000 km/h.

milky way approaching the andromeda galaxy


5. Movement

In addition to this speed, it appears that all the local clusters of galaxies that we belong to, moves “fast and furiously” at a rate of 1.3 million mph. (1.304.880), or 2 million km/h (2.100.000) towards a giant cluster of galaxies 150 million light-years away. (“The Great Attractor”)



Something to think about when we sit there relaxed in our armchair reading a book or newspaper, or watching TV. At least  when you dance and turn around like the Dervish dancers on the photo below: