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The 75 seconds the Earth stood still

12 Jun 2020, 13:00 UTC
The 75 seconds the Earth stood still
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You live in a ball of rock and water and metal and air 13,000 kilometers wide spinning once per day at 1,000 kilometers per hour at the equator.

You can't feel it because the Earth is big and we are small, and the change on our size scale is minuscule. Yet you notice it; the Sun appears to rise and set, day turns to night and back to day. It's not at all hard to see why, for so long, people thought the Earth was fixed in space and the heavens moved around it.

Of course, we know that's not the case; the Earth is in constant motion as it rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun.

… but what if that were true? What would it look like if the Earth were immoveable, and the Sun moved around it?

Why, it would look like this:

[Note: Before you hit play, have a care: This video is available in 8k, if you have the monitor and connection to handle it. Find the resolution you can best play, make this full screen, and watch. It's only 75 seconds long.]

Amazing, yes? And surpassingly beautiful. But what did you just ...

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