Could someone give a lay description of why the Solar System's depiction of motion as a vortex is wrong?

ref: Youtube video The helical model - our solar system is a vortex

Please don't take for granted that because of my previous question about why planets or asteroids don't have cometary tails, that I believe the 'tails' shown in the video are real. I do not. I know that the tails as shown are simply a graphic representation of the path 'flown' through space by the planets. It seems that the solar system we inhabit has to be moving through interstellar space in some fashion. If the paths of the planets could be shown in a video, it seems to me (a lay person) that there would have to be motion 'forward' in addition to the eliptical path around Sol.

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    $\begingroup$ That thing - universetoday.com/107322/is-the-solar-system-really-a-vortex - sums it up. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Janssen Apr 14 '14 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ If the planets appear to approach earth and are distant, then it may disprove that the planets spiral behind the sun moving forward and back at great distances. They may appear to be revolving around the sun, but how can they do this at very eccentric forward and backward positions? In other words, what explains the extreme size differentiations of the planets at different times of their periodic revolutions? $\endgroup$ – user7352 May 29 '15 at 20:14
  • $\begingroup$ Nowhere was the (a) definition of vortex used/provided. $\endgroup$ – Walter Sep 30 '15 at 12:32

It isn't correct, because a vortex is not a helix, and so while the planets do trace a helical path as they move through the galaxy, this is not evidence of a vortex.

Yes, the sun actually is moving through space, as it traces a path around the centre of the galaxy. The whole mass of the solar system moves with it, so the planets are not left behind as the sun moves.

Rhys Taylor and Phil Plait have comprehensive smackdowns debunking this vortex idea and other misunderstandings/delusions by the author.


Solar Vortex is real if you observe it in every 250 years the movement of the sun and its planet towards red dwarf you can come to the clear pictures alas we human age is within 90 years of life span so we can't get clear picture of move ment of the the sun in vortex. If you want to get clear pictures please use 3D effect of solar movements in years via super computer otherwise use other method called meditation concentrate on red dwarf you will get clear pictures GURU


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