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    Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an...

    Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral
    arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
    Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
    Is this "a sun" mentioned above?


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    Yes.
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    Grammatically speaking, the antecedent of this could possibly be "the western spiral arm" or "the Galaxy."

    However, the phrase a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles makes sense only if this refers to the yellow sun, in relationship to the "little blue-green planet." Note that the Galaxy is approximately 6x10^17 miles in diameter (600 quadrillion in American terminology), compared with a mere 9x10^7 miles between the Earth and the Sun!

    By the way, there's obviously no astronomical logic for using compass directions like "north" or "western" when talking about the Galaxy. However, a repeating theme of HHGG is that familiar human institutions like bureaucracy, and loud rock music, and fashionable restaurants where it's very difficult to get a table, are found throughout the Universe. So in that context, it seems perfectly reasonable that extraterrestrial civilizations would refer to "the unfashionable end of the western arm of the Galaxy."
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    Thanks a lot!
    Thanks for correcting me.

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