Newton’s Switcheroo

For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

(Ecclesiastes 1:18) NKJV

How massive is the sun? That depends on what assumption you make, regarding frame of reference, before you do any math.

  • If you assume heliocentricity first, then the value for the mass of the sun is:
    • 1.9E+30 kg
  • If you assume Geocentrosphericity then you get a different number:
    • 1.88E+19 kg
  • The difference is a factor of 9.87E-12 (Matty’s Constant)

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

The calculation used to derive a mass for the sun incorporates Kepler’s third law of planetary motion and Newton’s law of universal gravitation as a mathematical expression of the following statement:

How massive is the Sun..
.. if it’s in orbit (of known radius and duration)
.. of the Earth (of known mass)*?

– Matty

Change the a priori assumption: the sun orbits the Earth (known mass) at a known radius and duration and the calculated mass for the sun that is now a fraction of what you get by assuming heliocentricity.

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation

F=G{\frac {m_{1}m_{2}}{r^{2}}}\
  • F force between masses
  • G gravitational constant (6.674×10−11 N · (m/kg)2)
  • m1 first mass
  • m2 second mass
  • r distance between the centers of the masses

The proportional difference between the mass of the Earth and the mass of the sun is simply reversed. Naturally this affects the masses of all of the other planets in our system, but it doesn’t change any of the observed orbital mechanics. The math is the same, the laws are the same, the view from Earth is indistinguishable. The mass of the sun is only determined by your choice of paradigm, not by any facts. What you believe is a choice.


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