Within the Elder Scrolls universe the Sun was created by Magnus fleeing creation when he realised the trickery of Lorkhan, the stars being lesser beings escaping with him.

Does Nirn now orbit the Sun, or does the Sun move around Nirn?

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As you say, according to the Elder Scrolls mythology, the deity Magnus created the "Sun" – which bears his name and is also called Magnus – by fleeing the mortal plane of Mundus which he helped create.

That sun, however, isn't an orb which orbits anything, it's a hole which Magnus tore in the Void of Oblivion in fleeing. Oblivion encompasses Mundus, and the "sun" is therefore light shining through this hole from Aetherius, the immortal plane outside.

This fan-made depiction, while not canon, is a good visual aid in understanding the cosmology:

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So the sun doesn't really "orbit" Nirn, but in a sense it does. "Nirn" is sometimes used as another name for Mundus, and sometimes for the planet in the center of Mundus, around which the other planets/satellites orbit.

A depiction of Mundus based on Redguard's Dwemer Orrery

These details come from in-game books such as The Monomyth, Varieties of Faith in the Empire and Before the Ages of Man.

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    This diagram of "planetary" movement also says a bit about weirdness of this world. Nothing like gravity would keep them moving like this. Must be their divine power ;)
    – Mithoron
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 1:03

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