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When two bodies are attracted to each other their motion leaves their center of mass unchanged. They effectively revolve around their center of mass. Let r_{1} and r_{2} denote the vectors of the positions of two bodies with respect to their center of mass.
The operative equation for examining twobody systems is:
If the Earth were the only satellite of the Sun and the Earth were moving in an elliptical orbit about the center of mass of the SunEarth system then the Sun would also be moving in an elliptical orbit about that same center of mass. The scales of the orbits would be in proportion to the ratio of the masses. The Sun is about 333 thousand times as massive as the Earth. Thus if the average radius of the Earth's orbit is 93 million miles (150 million km) then the radius of the Sun's counter orbit is about 280 miles (450 km). The center of mass of the SunEarth system is well within the body of the Sun.
When the orbits are elliptical the orbit is with respect to one of the foci of the ellipse. The counter orbit of the other body is with respect ot the opposite foci for its ellipse. This has to be the case so both bodies reach their apogees (maximum distances) and perigees (minimum distances) at the same time.
For the SunJupiter system the magnitude of the Sun's counter orbit is not so insignificant. The mass of the Sun is only about 1050 times as large as that of Jupiter. The radius of Jupiter's orbit around the center of mass of the two bodies is about 484 million miles so the radius of the Sun's counter orbit around their center of mass would be about 462 thousand miles. This is about 28 thousand miles above the surface of the Sun.
For the EarthMoon system the statistics are that the ratio of the mass of the moon to that of the Earth is 0.0123 and therefore since the radius of the Moon's orbit is about 240 thousand miles (384 thousand km) the radius of the orbit that the Earth would move in with respect to the EarthMoon center of mass if there were no other bodies in the solar system is about three thousand miles (4700 km). Since the radius of the Earth's radius is approximately four thousand miles the center of mass of the system is about a thousand miles below the surface of the Earth. Because the Earth is rotating that center of mass is not at a fixed location with respect to the Earth's features. In other words, the Earth rotates through that center of mass so it is under different points of the Earth's surface at different times of the day.
The figures for the orbits and counter orbits for other twobody systems in the solar system are given below:
Distances of the Sun from the Center of Mass for It and Various Planets 


Planet  Orbit Radius  Mass Ratio  Radius of Sun's Counter Orbit 
Earth  93 million miles  333,000  280 miles 
Jupiter  484 million miles  1050  462,000 miles 
Saturn  839 million miles  3445  244,000 miles 
Uranus  1.8 billion miles  22,900  78,000 miles 
Neptune  2.8 billion miles  19,400  144,000 
Venus  67.6 million miles  408,000  166 miles 
Mercury  36 million miles  6 million  6 miles 
The center of mass of the entire solar system does not not deviate from the center of mass of the Sun as much as it does for the the twobody combinations shown above. This is because planets on the opposite sides of the Sun cancel out their individual effects.
(To be continued.)
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