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A scientist’s mesmerising animation shows how our entire solar system orbits an unseen centre — and it’s not the sun – Business Insider Australia

It’s common knowledge that the sun is the centre of the solar system. Around it, the planets orbit – along with a thick belt of asteroids, some meteor fields, and a handful of far-travelling comets.

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  • Our solar system orbits an invisible point at its centre called the barycenter, from which its mass is evenly distributed.
  • Even the sun orbits this point – so the centre of the solar system doesn’t always align with the centre of our star.
  • Planetary scientist James O’Donoghue made an animation to show how the sun, Jupiter, and Saturn play tug of war around the solar system’s barycenter.
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