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July 26, 2020 - Business Insider

A scientist's mesmerizing animation shows how our entire solar system orbits an unseen center — and it's not the sun

A scientist's mesmerizing animation shows how our entire solar system orbits an unseen center — and it's not the sun
1660 Map of Solar System File Image: (c) Photabulous!

It's common knowledge that the sun is the center of the solar system. Around it, the planets orbit — along with a thick belt of asteroids, some meteor fields, and a handful of far-traveling comets.

But that's not the whole story.

"Instead, everything orbits the solar system center of mass," James O'Donoghue, a planetary scientist at the Japanese space agency, JAXA, recently explained on Twitter. "Even the sun."

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