[Grammar] Earth is not placed in the centre

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Hi

1) He said that earth is not placed in the centre.
2) He said that earth was not placed in the centre.

Which is the right sentence or are both right?

For the first sentence, I have used the present tense, because I think it is true even today. For the 2nd sentence, I used past tense because it is told in the past.
 

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In what context do you want to use these sentences?

It's hard to say which is right without knowing what you are trying to say.

Rover:-?
 
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It is about Nicolaus Copernicus, who formulated a model that placed the Sun at the center, not the Earth.
 

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Right. In that case, they are both correct, but write '...the Earth' – not '...earth'.

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They're both correct, but I prefer the present as it is the occasion where someone revealed a fact that holds true today.
 
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