But really, isn't the solar system an amazing tutorial? One needn't be a scientist to appreciate its design & symmetry & beauty; or the rather odd mechanisms that keep everything in working order. The mystery of it all is at the heart of a myriad musings from the dawn of time itself.
There's many a resource for gathering basic information about our universe. I found the content from this one quite interesting, and I think you'll see why (the emphasis is mine) ...
The speed at which a planet moves causes it to try to pull away from the sun and there are times during the orbit when the gravitational pull is not equal to the pull at other times. In addition, the other planets exert some gravitational pull on each other.
Astronomers and physicists have also found that the center of the Sun is not the true center of mass that exerts gravitational force. In fact, they theorize, the Sun also orbits slightly around this mass center. The Sun has more mass than the planets, thus it has the stronger pull of gravity. While the planets seem to try to move away from this pull at certain places in their orbits, the Sun always pulls them back. The planets have gravitational pull on the Sun as well, but that force is not strong enough to affect the Sun’s movement.
SOURCE: The Gemini Geek
It's more than a little compelling, if you ask me. The Sun has all the power & the planets, in varying sizes & shapes orbit AROUND IT - not the other way around. Could it be the universe has something relative to share?
To some extent, aren't we like those planets, we humans? Totally dependent on the Sun, we go round & round with little thought to the daily dose of light & warm (unless it's raining) lavished upon us. From time-to-time we try our darndest to pull away, only to be pulled back into orbit once again. Mistakenly, and most likely unintentionally, we behave as if the Sun - - and even the other planets - - orbit AROUND US - the center of our own solar system.
If God would concede me His omnipotence
for 24 hours, you would see how many changes
I would make in the world.
But if He gave me His wisdom too,
I would leave things as they are.
Science would appear to endorse the great good sense of planets remaining on their prescribed course, moving at a slow pace, & never forgetting the source of power & light exerted by the SON. Even the moon seems to understand its primary ministry is that of a reflector.
Now there's a thought: The Ministry of Reflection. Kinda catchy ...
I believe in Christianity as I believe
that the Sun has risen,
not only because I see it,
but because by it
I see everything else.