Figure 1 also shows Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth planets, and the barycenter between Earth and Venus, which traced the shape during 8 years. Planets and Sun are not to scale with their distances (their scale in the image is rather logarithmic and rounded to nearest pixel size...
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Mercury boasts an orbit that is the most elliptical of all of the planets, stretched out from a perfect circle. When it is closest to the sun, it is only 29 million miles (47 million km), but at its farthest, the distance to Mercury is 43 million miles (70 million km).
For problems involving orbits around the Sun, it is convenient to use Earth as the standard. Earth's year of 365.25 days =1 and Earth's average distance from the Sun (92,900,000 miles) would also equal 1 (this distance is also known as an astronomical unit). Mercury's orbital period would then be (88/365.25) or .241 Earth years.
Copernicus was able to calculate the relative distances of the planets from the sun to far greater accuracy than ever before (although this was not confirmed until much, much later). But the Copernican system was more aesthetically pleasing -- all the planets could be treated on an equal footing with no need to treat Mercury and Venus differently.
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Sun to: Mercury = 0.38. Venus = 0.72. Earth = 1.0. Mars = 1.5. Jupiter = 5.2. Saturn = 9.5. Uranus = 19.1. Neptune = 30.0. Now, for light to reach the Earth from the Sun (traversing a distance of 1.0 AU) requires. 8 1/3 minutes. So, we may say the Earth is 8 1/3 "light minutes" from the Sun.