Don’t know much about ‘stronomy

Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth? One in four Americans gets it wrong, according to a National Science Foundation report.

But the rest of the world doesn’t know science facts either, writes Eleanor Barkhorn in The Atlantic. I’m not sure if the international results are comforting or alarming.

5. Electrons are smaller than atoms

Correct answer: True

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  1. Note that the “correct” answer (“true”) for the 7th question in the Atlantic article is not right. The big bang wasn’t an explosion in the sense the most people think of one … nothing went “boom” and the “bang” was space-time itself expanding. This is pretty much unlike any other explosion people can imagine.

  2. Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?

    Wow, this is a terrible question. Correct answer: Either. Depends on what is chosen as the stationary point of reference.

  3. Quincy – In classical physics a reference frame in which the Earth is fixed is not an inertial reference frame. The reference of the “fixed stars” is approximately an inertial reference frame.

    • Though the Sun orbits the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, and the Milky Way Galaxy ‘dances’ with other Galaxies, all in motion, in our Local Galacitc Cluster – and then this cluster as a semi-unit ‘dances’ with other Galactic Clusters in the overall Cosmos. There is nothing in the Universe that is *not* moving!