Think of the wonderful circles in which our whole being moves and from which we cannot escape no matter how we try. E. T. A. Hoffmann
The Nutcracker ballet is based on an E.T.A. Hoffman short story.
The Moon travels 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) each hour as it circles Earth. During this hour, Earth zooms forward 66,000 miles (106,217 kilometers) as it circles the Sun. Meanwhile, the Sun hauls its planets, asteroids, comets, etc. 558,000 miles [898,013 kilometers] farther around the Milky Way. Because this orbit takes a quarter billion years, the Sun has had just twenty birthdays. With all of this celestial circling, the universe keeps returning to starting points again and again.
IMAGE: View of moon circling crescent Earth (upper left) from Mars.
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