ELI5, Is there a sense of direction and space?

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Like if you were to leave Earth’s atmosphere and “float” next to it would you see the “floor” of space? Is it darkness? Would you see the stars down too.

How can you get oriented to direction? What’s north, south, east west?

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There’s no north, south, east, or west in space. Those are relative to Earth’s axis, so if you aren’t on Earth, there’s nothing to reference. You could create your own direction system relative to some object, like towards the sun and away from the sun. Someone else in space might come up with a different system, though.

There’s no floor or center to space. Any direction system you come up with would be arbitrary and relative to some object you pick.

There’s no north, south, east, or west in space. Those are relative to Earth’s axis, so if you aren’t on Earth, there’s nothing to reference. You could create your own direction system relative to some object, like towards the sun and away from the sun. Someone else in space might come up with a different system, though.

There’s no floor or center to space. Any direction system you come up with would be arbitrary and relative to some object you pick.

There’s no north, south, east, or west in space. Those are relative to Earth’s axis, so if you aren’t on Earth, there’s nothing to reference. You could create your own direction system relative to some object, like towards the sun and away from the sun. Someone else in space might come up with a different system, though.

There’s no floor or center to space. Any direction system you come up with would be arbitrary and relative to some object you pick.

There isn’t any “true” up, down, north, south, or backwards, forwards. To orient yourself, you have to decide on a reference object. Often, it is either the Earth or the Sun. If you have your reference object, you can say “I am 4,000 kms away from Earth, with my closest coordinate on the surface being 30° North, 15° East, or some other information that communicates where you are compared to Earth.

There isn’t any “true” up, down, north, south, or backwards, forwards. To orient yourself, you have to decide on a reference object. Often, it is either the Earth or the Sun. If you have your reference object, you can say “I am 4,000 kms away from Earth, with my closest coordinate on the surface being 30° North, 15° East, or some other information that communicates where you are compared to Earth.

North, south east and west are only really relevant to the planet. You can arbitrarily pick a point of reference in the Galaxy and define a “north” from there, but it doesn’t have any relation to how we use those words on earth.

Down is similarly arbitrary. On earth “down” means towards the center of the earth, following the locally dominant pull of gravity. In microgravity, down is whatever you want it to be because it really only exists in your head as a way to orient yourself and organize your craft, life, etc…

North, south east and west are only really relevant to the planet. You can arbitrarily pick a point of reference in the Galaxy and define a “north” from there, but it doesn’t have any relation to how we use those words on earth.

Down is similarly arbitrary. On earth “down” means towards the center of the earth, following the locally dominant pull of gravity. In microgravity, down is whatever you want it to be because it really only exists in your head as a way to orient yourself and organize your craft, life, etc…

North, south east and west are only really relevant to the planet. You can arbitrarily pick a point of reference in the Galaxy and define a “north” from there, but it doesn’t have any relation to how we use those words on earth.

Down is similarly arbitrary. On earth “down” means towards the center of the earth, following the locally dominant pull of gravity. In microgravity, down is whatever you want it to be because it really only exists in your head as a way to orient yourself and organize your craft, life, etc…

There isn’t any “true” up, down, north, south, or backwards, forwards. To orient yourself, you have to decide on a reference object. Often, it is either the Earth or the Sun. If you have your reference object, you can say “I am 4,000 kms away from Earth, with my closest coordinate on the surface being 30° North, 15° East, or some other information that communicates where you are compared to Earth.