Gravity is an attractive force that affects and is effected by all mass and - in general relativity - energy, pressure and stress. Prefer newtonian-gravity or general-relativity if sensible.

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How to prove the energy of gravity in general relativity is non-local?

Every textbook in general relativity containing the energy of gravity all says that the energy of gravity is non-local and every energy-momemtum density received is pseudo-tensor, but "having not ...
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At what speed would you die upon impact with water?

If we hit the water at great speeds, we die. This is because the water has no time to "move out of the way" and acts as a "solid" surface. At what falling speed can we consider the water as a ...
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How many gravitons carries a single photon? [on hold]

A photon has zero rest mass, but in motion (always) has non-zero gravity - so how many gravitons bears? If it carries some gravitons, why we call photon "elementary particle"? Or the gravitons aren't ...
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Recommendation on ADM mass and Bondi mass

I want to learn some advanced topics in GR, such as ADM 4-momentum and Bondi 4-momentum. However nearly no textbooks on GR contain this area, such as Wald, MTW, Hawking, Carroll and Zee's. Can anyone ...
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Numerical tests of Titius–Bode formula for artificial planetary orbits [duplicate]

Titius–Bode law is an empirical formula stating that positions of planets in Solar system is described by: $$a=0.4+0.3 \times 2^m [AU],$$ where $m$ are natural numbers. All planets, with exception ...
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Velocity of satellites greater than required velocity

We often find velocity required to keep a satellite in orbit by the formula $v=\sqrt{\frac{GM}{r}}$ where $v$ is perpendicular to the gravitational force. It is very intuitive that the object will go ...
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How do objects even move due to gravity?

I am an newbie general relativistic learner and I learnt that gravity is bending of space-time and since objects move in straight-lines but since its curved they follow curved movement through space ...
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DO the condensed photon particles-waves-longitudinal-waves exist? [on hold]

This is kind of hard to explain, because weird as it sounds, i have experienced a phenomenon that i would like to see if it exists and if i can explain it mathematically. The longitudinal waves of ...
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What happens to objects pulled in by black hole? [closed]

What happens to the particles/elements/objects that sink into the gravitational pull and ultimately go to the interior part of a black hole? If, according to popular notion, it is crushed by the ...
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If gravitation causes constant acceleration why moon does not fall into earth? [duplicate]

If moon travels with constant speed in one direction and earth gravitation causes constant acceleration in perpendicular direction why moon does not eventually fall into earth? I mean if gravitation ...
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Is it possible to determine whether distant galaxies are gravitationally bound

In a previous question, one issue was related to the potential energy of cosmic structures. This raised in particular the question of whether these structures are gravitationally bound. If you ...
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Can a number of gravitational slingshot stop a planet?

The answers to Where does the extra kinetic energy come from in a gravitational slingshot? state that in a gravitational slingshot the object being accelerated "steal" speed from the planet (or moon). ...
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Why is velocity zero at a neutral point in a gravitational field?

It is said that at neutral points in a gravitational field the net force on a moving mass becomes zero, which means the mass should be moving with constant velocity-and not zero! However, certain ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in Earth-Moon system

We all know about the fact that tidal friction is slowly slowing down the Earth's rotation about its axis, and that subsequently the Moon is slowly drifting away, in order for the angular momentum of ...
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From Paris to … London [closed]

(Excuse the pun in the title, couldn't resist) Paris and London are connected by a straight underground tunnel, as shown in the diagram below. A train travels between the two cities powered only by ...
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Does the gravitino contribute to the gravitational interaction?

I have a very basic question with respect to supersymmetry. Actually, I no clear idea at all what the effect of the superpartners (called gauginos??) of the exchange particles of interactions ...
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Value of G, gravitational constant [closed]

if the universe is a 0 energy universe, could the value of G be worked out through summing up the strong, weak and electromagnetic force strengths for an elementary particle up to an infinite ...
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Do we weigh less in the morning? [duplicate]

A question on Biology SE got me thinking, ignoring weight naturally lost during the night, "Do we weigh less in the morning?" During the night, the sun is above us, and the earth below us. ...
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How can you calculate how fast a spinning ring/cylinder will accelerate a mass via gravitomagnetism? [duplicate]

Lets say you have a cylinder of length L, radius R, and mass M. How fast will it accelerate a mass of mass M2 that is entering the "throat" of the cylinder, considering the effects of ...
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Regarding the 'Arrow of Time'

I read according to 'Newtonian' Mechanics any set of physical activity of particles can be reversed ( I think) so a set of complicated dynamic systems of particles and matter can reverse their ...
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Graviton polarization in higher dimensions

It's not difficult to see that the graviton in $D$ spacetime dimensions has $(D-3)D/2$ polarizations. In $D=4$ there are two $\epsilon^{\pm}_{\mu\nu}$. What I find curious is that in $D=4$ I can ...
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Is the spacetime generated by isolated system always asymptotically flat?

I read a saying in wiki of asymptotically flat spacetime http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asymptotically_flat_spacetime "In general relativity, an asymptotically flat vacuum solution models the exterior ...
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How is dark matter meant to explain the faster than expected rotation of galaxies? [duplicate]

The stars on the outer edges of galaxies go around faster than they should be. How is dark matter meant to account for this? if you just add more mass wont that just give it a greater gravitational ...
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Why does time slow down the closer you are to a mass?

When ever i look this up all I get is sites saying how its because general relativity says "-" why does it do it though? it is because there is more motion near gravity than further away? Or is it ...
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Why graviton is spin 2 instead of spin 1? [duplicate]

Why graviton is spin 2 instead of spin 1? Is it because the traceless symmetric tensor has rank 2? In many articles, they say the graviton is spin 2 particles, but they don't mention why. I find ...
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How come the atmosphere moves with Earth? [duplicate]

now, I have read a lot of explanations on that but still can't really understand why it would happen so if you can give some examples for a such a thing happening. I mean lets say gravity attracts the ...
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Why is gravitational potential energy negative? [duplicate]

Why is gravitational potential energy negative? How is it different from other forms of energy? I recently saw a video by Dr. Michio Kaku, he said that the total energy content of the universe is ...
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Gravity transmission

As I understand it, gravity waves are transmitted at the speed of light and they attract what they get to. But what concerns me is how do they affect things. This might seem stupid, but is it ...
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Gravity in spacetime

Can the effect of gravity in spacetime be thought of as if nearby particles have a tendency to "align" their four velocity direction? I.e. "to point in the same direction".
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Invariant interval and gravity

Gravity is inversely proportional to the distance between objects. Do we use Euclidean distance or the invariant interval for that distance? Using the invariant interval makes everything a bit more ...
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Gravitational binding energy of a white dwarf at Chandrasekhar limit?

I was trying to calculate the gravitational binding energy of a white dwarf just before it went on a type Ia supernova in order to calculate the kinetic energy of the ejecta, but I wasn't able to get ...
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Speed of light in general relativity

My question has a few parts concerning the speed of light in general relativity. Firstly, time changes in response to gravity and speed. Therefore, as gravity effects time in an area of space, should ...
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Will gravity pull together two bodies from the other side of an empty universe?

Lets say that there are only two bodies in the universe, 65 kg each. Other than that the universe is completely empty, no neutrons, no photons, no dark energy/matter, not even neutrinos (that is to ...
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Work done by gravity on a ball & the ball on earth

I have studied today that if a ball was to fall a certain height, then the work done by gravity on the ball would equal the work done by the ball's equal and opposite gravitational pull. By $W=Fd$, ...
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Gravitational lensing of massless photons

I recently got a more complete proof of photons having no mass. (I knew it before, but now I really know it.) But now, I'm curious how gravitational lensing can occur without a mass to act on. I have ...
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Two expressions for potential energy in the gravitational field of the earth

Let $M$ be the mass of the earth, considered as a point mass, then the potential energy of a point with distance $r$ away from the center (assume $r > \textrm{radius of earth})$ is $$ U(r) = ...
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Since everything with mass exerts a gravity force on everything else, why do objects float in outer space?

For example, if you were to go out into deep space, and just slow down and stop your rocket. Everything inside the rocket that's not strapped in, starts floating. Why is that if every object has mass ...
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Gravity beneath sea level

This is a very simple question, but I can't find an answer anywhere. Earth's gravity at sea level is 1 (approximately 9.8m/s^2) What happens being under sea level in a cavern/chasm/ravine, how much ...
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Gravity doesn't seem to work the way it is supposed to [duplicate]

This has been a bit of an awkward question that's been plaguing me ever since I started watching space documentaries on discovery about 10 years ago. I was saving this for the day I would ever meet ...
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Is gravity not a force? [closed]

When I jump out of a plane and begin to fall and accelerate, I feel no force whatsoever. When I stand on the earth, I feel only the force of the Earth pushing me outwards. I contend the accelerating ...
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Gravity and the Second Law of Thermodynamics [duplicate]

I was wondering about the hypothetical - and apparently improbable - heat death of the Universe when I stumbled upon this seeming contradiction. A certain volume of space with a uniform distribution ...
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Gravitational acceleration at half Earth's radius [duplicate]

What would be the gravitational acceleration at half at Earth's radius? Something tells me it should be proportional to the mass distributed in that part, but I am not sure. Of course, we assume we ...
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How did the gravity of the particles/objects behave at the edge of the expanding universe moments after big bang?

During a very short time after the big bang, the universe must have had an edge of space-time which is very close to all the matter in the universe. The particles which are close to or on the edge ...
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Gravity on a upward moving object

I know I should have listened to my teacher in physics class but I didn't. I need help on a thing I am trying to do for a game. I want to be able to calculate Gravity pushing down on a object over a ...
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Negative Energy in Inflation Theory (Low/Zero Energy Universe)

I've been reading Max Tegmark's book: Our Mathematical Universe. It's very interesting, but I wanted to know more about one particular thing. The book simplifies things and I know inflation theories ...
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Power to suspend a mass in air

How much power is needed to suspend a mass in the air? The four parts below deal with the same problem. I post them all here, should there be some subtle things I didn't see. The textbook problem A ...
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Is “scalar electromagnetics” real science?

This page claims that original Maxwell's equations, when formulated by Maxwell himself in quaternion form, had some special scalar part of electromagnetic field, which somehow appeared to describe ...
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When gravity pulls on light it blueshifts or redshifts it, which way around does it go?

when light is propagating away from a mass does it get blue shifted or red shifted? And if its going towards a mass whats the effect?
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Why exactly is it that light cannot escape a black hole? [duplicate]

I understand that the gravity has to have a pull greater than the speed of light, but I thought that when gravity pulls light it doesn't accelerate it only blue-shifts it. So then why does gravity ...
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Am I right in saying that $gmm/r$ is motion due to potential energy?

I was watching a video about the swarzchild radius and it said that potential energy is $gmm/r$. This cannot be right though because potential energy goes up with distance not down. I'm assuming he ...