Guys you don’t understand how awesome this is. This pattern happens everywhere. It happens on flowers and pinecones absolutely vegetables, it happens all around you. If you don’t think that’s like the realist shit ever i don’t understand you.It’s insane how the universe is literally full of beauty to the point that we can’t even see some of it. Beautiful down to the way it moves.
this is so cool
There is totally a reason why these spirals show up so often in nature! The growth pattern is the most efficient manner of packing—for example, you get the most possible florets in the head of a sunflower using this method (look at a giant sunflower; you can see the spirals). Also, fun fact: the number of spirals present in the florets in the head of a sunflower are Fibonacci sequence numbers, as are the number of petals on the flower. Even funner fact: the golden number and the golden angle all play a role in why this pattern occurs naturally so often in so many ways.
Patterns are so cool and mystical you guys!
Actually, not really that mystical … It is more amazing that you have a mind capable of making such complex links between observed natural phenomena.
I get angry when real (and more complicated) scientific explanations are glossed over in favour of facile and ‘feel-good’ garbage about mysticism or transcendentalism. I feel it is a disservice to the facts, and it teaches people to not think critically about what they experience.
Firstly, if you tracked the orbits of Earth and Venus, they would look like this:
Certainly not spirals, but ellipses, one slightly canted over in relation to the other. Something more complicated must be going on therefore to generate the spiral patterns.
To draw the spirals, you have to use the assumption that the Earth is fixed: they are a description of the movement of Venus RELATIVE TO Earth over several years.
(more detail on how this is drawn at source)
One critical difference between the spirals just above and OP’s original post is the addition of lines. These lines are drawn to connect the Earth to Venus at all points of their respective orbits. Watch this video to see the spiral drawn with the connecting lines shown.
THEREFORE: the spiral pattern is relative: our perception of Venus, not its reality.
Lastly, cite your sources please.
For teaching: astronomy, astrophysics