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    Hi,

    First of all iŽd like to point out that i have no education or knowledge about space.

    So all planets in our solar system have a pretty flat orbit relative to each other.
    If you were to travel in a direction of 90 degrees away from the earth's orbit where would you end up?

    Disregarding of the technical and physical limitations.


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    If you mean to remain in the plane of the Earths orbit, then you would either be heading towards the Sun, or heading out towards the orbit of Mars.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFreek View Post
    If you mean to remain in the plane of the Earths orbit, then you would either be heading towards the Sun, or heading out towards the orbit of Mars.
    No, i mean to travel 90 degrees away from the plane of the Earths orbit.
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    In which case you would heading out towards interstellar space. If you went up from the North pole you would be heading in the general direction of the North Star, Polaris, and if you went down from the South pole you would be heading in the general direction of the South Star, Sigma Octantis.

    But seeing as the Earth's axis is not really angled at 90 degrees to the Earths orbit, this might not be the answer you wanted. Basically, you would be unlikely to encounter a star directly in your path, so you would be heading out of the arm of the galaxy, either north or south.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFreek View Post
    In which case you would heading out towards interstellar space. If you went up from the North pole you would be heading in the general direction of the North Star, Polaris, and if you went down from the South pole you would be heading in the general direction of the South Star, Sigma Octantis.

    But seeing as the Earth's axis is not really angled at 90 degrees to the Earths orbit, this might not be the answer you wanted. Basically, you would be unlikely to encounter a star directly in your path, so you would be heading out of the arm of the galaxy, either north or south.
    The ecliptic is tilted at ~60 degrees to the plane of the galaxy. Ecliptic North is the direction of the constellation of Draco and South is in the direction of Dorado. But, yeah, the chances of making even near pass by a star is pretty slim. Though Ecliptic North isn't too far from the Cat's eye nebula.
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