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!) 

by   (whyzz writer)
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    Another factor that helps keep the Earth in place (even without anything holding it up!) is that objects that are moving, like the Earth held in place in its orbit around the sun, will keep on moving until something comes along and makes them stop! Since nothing is stopping the Earth from staying where it is, it keeps on orbiting around and around!

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    Special forces!

    Have you ever learned about gravity? Most of us know gravity the way we experience it: As the special force that is constantly pulling you and everything around you toward the center of the Earth!

    Look around you and pick out some examples of gravity in action! For example, the way your couch pillows stay on the couch and don’t float back up into the air is gravity doing its job! Can you think of any other examples?


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