Western Washington University   College of Sciences and Technology   Physics/Astronomy Dept.   Bellingham, WA USA
Astronomy Just For Fun!
The Meaning of Life
Just remember that youíre standing on a planet thatís evolving.
Revolving at 900 miles an hour.
And orbiting at 19 miles a second, or so itís reckoned,
The Sun that is the source of all our power.
The Sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see,
Are moving at a million miles a day,
In a outer spiral arm at 40 thousand miles an hour,
In a galaxy we call the Milky Way.

The galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars.
Itís 100 thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle 16 thousand light years thick,
But out by us itís just 3 thousand light years wide.
Weíre 30 thousand light years from the galactic central point.
We go Ďround every 200 million years.
And the galaxy is only one of millions of billions,
In this amazing and expanding Universe.

Now the Universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding,
In all of the directions it can whiz.
As fast as it can go, the speed of light you know,
12 million miles a minute and thatís the fastest speed there is.
So remember when youíre feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely was your birth.
And pray that thereís intelligent life somewhere up in space,
Ďcause thereís bugger-all down here on Earth.

The Meaning of Life - Monty Python