Terrestrial reference frame

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A terrestrial reference frame is the reference frame as one views from earth, or from the ground of another earth-like body. A terrestrial reference frame affects the way we perceive almost everything from day to day because as we live on the earth an earth point of view is the only type we can experience. The most noticeable result of the Terrestrial Reference Frame (TRF) is the way the sun appears to be rising and setting in the sky everyday, when in actuality it is the earth rotating on its axis. Our point of view is in essence distorted by the place in which we view it happening. Please see Frame of reference for information about what a Reference Frame is.


  • Flight path of planes
  • Retrograde motion specifically Mars (easiest to see).
  • Rising and setting sun.

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