January 11, 2006


Milky way “vibrating like a drum” (Courtesy University of California-Berkeley
and World Science staff, Jan. 10, 2006)

Our Milky Way galaxy is warped, and vibrates like a drum, because of the influence of two small companion galaxies, astronomers have found.

Thus the Music of the Spheres.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2006 5:44 PM

Well, I would guess you would say animism and polytheism is wrong, but to me it seems to be a spirituality more apt to explain the workings of the universe; but of course, the Hindus reconcile both;
What do you think about Hindus, Judd?

Posted by: Grog at January 11, 2006 10:04 PM

I hope their theory allows for propagation in vacuum.

The galaxy may well weeble back and forth, but not like the skin of a snare drum.

Posted by: ratbert at January 11, 2006 10:16 PM

Isn't that the analogy the article claims?

Posted by: Grog at January 12, 2006 12:11 AM

Ratbert: clearly you are forgetting to take into account the effects of the luminiferous ether, another discovery of the ancients that helps explain our otherwise impossible Universe.

Posted by: HT at January 12, 2006 12:12 AM

P.S. Maybe we should be giving that whole "flat earth" thing another look, also.

Posted by: HT at January 12, 2006 12:13 AM

Perhaps photons 'vibrate'. Might be a b**** to observe, though.

Now, it is more likely that gravitons could, although no one has ever observed that, either.

This is one reason why choosing to build the space station over the super-conducting supercollider was a mistake. Had we built the collider, we could probably tap into all that disco energy of the galaxy, and never worry about gas (natural or octane) again.

Posted by: ratbert at January 12, 2006 10:05 AM

The universe is bass-heavy, man.

You realize that relativity did not disprove the lumiferous ether. In fact, it explained why previous attempts to observe the ether had failed. However, it did make the ether too low a research priority to get funding, which is a worse fate. (Since it also explained why all proposed attempts to detect it would fail.)

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at January 12, 2006 12:23 PM


It is the pressure waves from the vibration that create the spiral arms. Otherwise we'd live in an elliptical galaxy.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 12, 2006 4:22 PM