It’s interesting to see this because often we forget that our solar system is, as a whole, in orbital motion around the galaxy. This image is really awesome.
Except it’s totally scientifically inaccurate.
The video from which this is taken is based around the premise that our solar system is not a heliocentric system, but rather a “vortex” that is traveling around the galaxy.
In addition, as the Sun travels through the Milky Way, it doesn’t drag the planets along with it in the way this animation implies. At certain points, planets may be ahead of the Sun in its orbit.
In short, while this is a cool gif that’s kind of mesmerizing to watch, it’s based on garbage science. Read more here and here, and remember to be diligent about checking your sources. The graphics may look slick, but that doesn’t make them right.
Fruit typology. Photography by Natalie Thomsen.