What is holding up the Earth?

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Have you ever seen a picture or a drawing of the Earth out in space? If so, it might have looked a little like the Earth was just floating, magically suspended in the middle of… nothing! What’s holding it up??

Believe it or not, but the Earth is being held in place by the sun! Did you know that the sun has its own special gravitational pull? This special gravity constantly pulls Earth in one direction (as if falling towards the sun), while its orbiting movement always spins Earth in the opposite direction (as if flying away from the sun). The two pulls in opposite directions balance each other out and keep the Earth in place, where it orbits the sun and makes one big lap all the way around it over the course of about 365 days. (A year!) 

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