Seashore wrote:mudra wrote:Seashore wrote:The following sounds contradictory to me:
The Earth spins in an anti-clockwise direction (if viewed looking down from the North Pole). . . . The sun is seen to travel in the sky East to West because the Earth is rotating in the opposite direction West to East. . . .
To me, anti-clockwise would be East to West, not West to East. So it seems first it says the Earth spins East to West, but then it says West to East.
What is said ...
What is meant :
In the Heliocentric theory the sun appears to travel from East to West but this is because it is the Earth that moves around the Sun in a clockwise manner ( West to East ) while spinning at the same time in a anti-clockwise one ( East to West ).
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You're saying that "rotating" is the Earth orbiting the Sun, not spinning on its axis?
I had read it as another word for spin, not even realizing I did it. I think a lot of times the words spin and rotate are used for what the Earth is doing on its axis and revolve or orbit for its travel around the Sun.
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Sounds like we agree anti-clockwise (I would say counterclockwise) is equivalent to East to West and clockwise is West to East.
Moving (rotating) around the sun and spinning around are two diferent movements.
Counterclockwise means - when looking from above (sitting on the northpol) and looking straight ahead of you - west to east, relatively in the terms of how we see this movement from the equator.
But to be honest, if one would be sitting on the northpol and be able to watch that movement, you would only be aware of spinning right to left. Up there, there would be no east or west.