Would the earth continue to orbit the sun if the sun was not moving through space? Is there a star that does not move.?

16 Answers

  • 5 months ago

    All Bodies Move Relatively to everything else

    It is Nature

  • Tom
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Motion is relative---everything moves relative to something. HOW could something be motionless in an infinite universe anyway? Even if only ONE object "moved", it could be considered "still" and everything else moving-----

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    5 months ago


    Our orbit of the sun has nothing to do with its relative movement in space.

    • Richard4 months agoReport

      I thought the earth's gravity in relation to the sun was in constant tug of war with its trajectory causing it to rotate around the sun.

  • geezer
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    The Sun is at the centre of our Solar System and all the Planets orbit it

    but our whole Solar System is also moving.

    Everything in the Unverse 'orbits' the centre of the Universe

    but it all remains in the same place ''in relation to everything else''.

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  • Tom S
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Everything is moving.

  • 5 months ago

    The Earth (and, all the rest of the objects in our solar system) formed while orbiting the central mass which became the sun... it didn't matter if it was moving or not (it is moving, in orbit about the center of our galaxy, and our galaxy orbits a common center of gravity of about 50 other galaxies, called the 'Local Group') - Earth would have formed in orbit, and continued to orbit the sun.

    All objects move in relation to others; Our orbital speed around the center of the galaxy is about 540,000 mph; the galaxy itself is thought to move about 1.3 million miles per hour in relation to the Local Group's center of mass, and the Local Group of galaxies is part of a super cluster of galaxies that's also moving.

    If there *is* something stopped in space - we'd probably have no way of determining it.

  • 5 months ago

    All movement is relative. It doesn't mean anything to say that a star does not move because there's no absolute frame of reference. It's only possible to say that something is moving or stationary relative to something else.

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Those two things have nothing to do with each other. Planets orbit stars whether the star moves or not. And how can you say whether a star is moving or not except by reference to something else? For all you know, it's the Sun that doesn't move and everything else moves relative to it.

    • Richard5 months agoReport

      An object in motion with another object acting on it will slow it over time. That's physics. But the earth isnt slowing down as far as I know. Just trying to figure it out.

  • 5 months ago

    Sure earth would still orbit the sun. Its orbit has nothing to do with the Sun's motion.

    All motion is relative. You are asking about a star that doesn't move in relation to what?

  • 5 months ago

    The solar system would continue as usual, but noting is stationary in our universe.

    We use standard reference as a stationary guide such as solar coordinate system or galactic coordinate system.

    Our well known terrestrial coordinate system of longitude and latitude.

    There are many stars in close relativity that seemingly never change position, but they do move ever so slightly over time, constellations are local stars, they move relative to one another but not to an observer. 150 million years from now, we and them will be on the other side of the galaxy.

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