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If everything is relative to each other in this universe

  1. Sep 5, 2014 #1
    why do we keep the sun to be the reference point and study the solar system and universe relative to it and why not relative to the Earth?
     
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  3. Sep 5, 2014 #2

    Dale

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    Because the math is harder that way.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2014 #3

    phinds

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    Google "epicycles"
     
  5. Sep 5, 2014 #4
    Copernicus asked the opposite question and, as Dalespam alluded to, the math was much easier. 500 years later it's still easier. So why go back?
     
  6. Sep 5, 2014 #5
    In daily life, we observe sunrise and sunset, which are the motion of the Sun relative to us.
     
  7. Sep 6, 2014 #6

    phinds

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    Yes. And your point is? You seem to be making an argument for Earth centric systems.
     
  8. Sep 6, 2014 #7
    No. I am not.
    But on the Sun, if possible, we could also observe 'Earthrise' and 'Earthset' relative to the Sun.
    Is that correct?
     
  9. Sep 6, 2014 #8

    phinds

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    Yes.
     
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