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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Counter-Earth is a hypothetical body of the Solar system hypothesized by the pre-Socratic philosopher Philolaus (c. 470 – c. 385 BCE) to support his non-geocentric cosmology, in which all objects in the universe revolve around an unseen "Central Fire" (distinct from the Sun which also revolves around it). The Greek word Antichthon (Template:Lang-el) means "Counter-Earth."

References in culture

  • Gor is the name of the Counter-Earth that is the setting for a series of 32 novels by John Norman.
  • The 1969 science-fiction film Doppelgänger (also known as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun), depicts the discovery and investigation of another planet sharing Earth's orbit on the opposite side of the Sun.
  • Two 2011 films—Another Earth and the Lars von Trier's film Melancholia—feature a plot in which a planet emerges from behind the Sun and approaches Earth.
  • Several Marvel Comics or spinoffs of comics were set, or had parts of a story set, in a Counter-Earth. These included The High Evolutionary, The Spider-Man Unlimited TV series and the associated comic book, Infinity Crusade: Paradise Omega, The Earth of The New Universe, the Heroes Reborn Earth ("more of a Pocket Dimension than an actual planet").
  • On The Adventures Of Superman radio series, the planet Krypton is said to be "situated on the other side of the Sun" from the Earth in the first episode.

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