1. Our planet is hurtling through space.

  2. Our planet is hurtling across the universe.

  3. Our planet is hurtling through the universe.

Do all three of these sentences convey the same meaning? Are all of them grammatically correct?

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    hurtling implies a chaotic/dangerous/uncontrolled movement, but our planet seems to take a very predictable and steady path... – Andrew Tobilko Jan 4 at 9:49

"Across the universe" suggest "from one side to the other". And "through the universe" similarly suggests that it is travelling a large proportion of the size of the universe; at least it suggest "between galaxies". You might use these figuratively or dramatically in a science fiction (or space opera) context. But the Earth isn't going far from the sun ever.

"Through space" is probably better.

  • Well no, but then the sun itself, and indeed the galaxy itself, are also hurtling through the universe. So both"hurtling through space" and "hurtling through the universe" are truisms. – Prime Mover Jan 4 at 11:06
  • I still feel that the "universe" versions suggest travel between galaxies. – James K Jan 4 at 12:37
  • Well, as I say, the galaxy itself is hurtling through the universe (for whatever definition of "hurtling"). Hence we are hurtling with it. – Prime Mover Jan 4 at 12:39

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