If Earth Was the Center of the Solar System

In: Science

2 Feb 2011

Ok, this is one of the coolest toys I’ve played with in a while (or maybe I’m just a science geek). Piotr Kaczmarek has modeled the solar system using both Copernican (sun-centered) and Tychonian (earth-centered) physics. You can set the particular date you want to view, the speed that time goes by, view the zodiac, and even the phases of the moon. If you turn on the planet tracing in the Tychonian model you can see what odd orbits it requires. (via)

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1 Response to If Earth Was the Center of the Solar System

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David

February 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 pm

That is the coolest animated visualization I’ve ever seen, and it shows a deep truth: the difference between the Tychonian and Copernican models is not one of truth but of simplicity in predictive power.

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