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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What is the smallest particle exhibiting gravitational properties?

I've long been taught that all matter having mass, possesses attractive forces somewhat akin to gravity. As such, imagine we can 'teleport' a gravitonic detection device that can accurately measure ...
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Questions about the Jeans length

I have a couple of questions about the Jeans length. Suppose the universe has a homogeneous energy density, except there's a spherical region that is overdense. I understand that if the region is ...
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What is the constant $g_0$ used for calculating the specific impulse in seconds?

Wikipedia defines specific impulse as: $$ I_\mathrm{sp} = \frac{F_\mathrm{thrust}}{\dot{m} \cdot g_0} $$ The $g_0$ is said to be the acceleration at the Earth's surface. So is it actually the ...
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Can masses move in 2+1 gravity?

I would like to understand basic concepts of the general relativity in 2+1 spacetime. As far as I know, GR predicts that such a spacetime is flat everywhere except for the point masses which create ...
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String theory and trace anomaly in semiclassical gravity?

what does string theory have to say about the trace anomaly in the expectation value of the stress energy tensor of massless quantum fields on a curved background and its interpretation as the ...
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Gravitational attraction of triangles

Suppose I have two triangles relatively close together (so they probably shouldn't really be treated as point masses). I want to calculate the gravitational force (and potentially torque?) generated ...
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Are retrograde capture orbits “easier” than prograde capture orbits?

After reading up on irregular moons in the solar system - moons that are thought to be captured, most seem to be in retrograde orbit around their parent body. That led me to wonder if retrograde ...
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Does decreasing the length of the line between a harness and zip wire increase the velocity at which you travel?

My friend is an instructor at an outdoor adventure centre which has lots of zip wires. The instructor's harness has a shorter line that attaches to the zip wire than the normal harness does and she ...
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Special relativity paradox and gravitation/acceleration equivalence

One of the features of the black hole complementarity is the following : According to an external observer, the infinite time dilation at the horizon itself makes it appear as if it takes an ...
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Hanging a brick free over an edge by stacking them

National Geographics TV has a series called "None of the above". In one episode the presenter shows that by stacking 4 bricks (here shown as 'xxxxxxxx') you can have one of the bricks completely hang ...
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Reduction in gravity from photon exchange

Let's say you have two bodies at are held at rest relative to each other exchanging (real, not virtual) photons back and forth. Then we let them go (maybe push them apart slightly), so they will ...
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Universal gravity at small distance

Could it be that there is simply a maximum gravitational force that two bodies of finite mass can exert on one another? This would occur at $r=0$, so maybe there is some really really really small $a$ ...
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Could each non-dependent physical contant represent dimentions, and our universe be a point on this n-dimentional structure?

For example say the gravitation constant instead of equaling G, was actually a range bounded between 0 and infinity. Our Universe would be at a point on this range (equal to our G value) where ...
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Centripetal issue when considering gravity

Forgive me if my question seems silly, but I am quite baffled. Suppose you have a satellite orbiting a horizontal swing planted into the ground and we want to find the velocity with which the ...
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The effects of heat on gravitational fields

In boiling soapy water, globs of soap coalesce as the temperature increases to boiling. Does this mean that temperature increases the gravitational pull of bodies?
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Mass - Gravitational pull - centrifugal force

In relation to mass/gravitational/centrifugal force. Is the increased gravitational force due to the increase in mass of a planet (i.e. earth) from meteorites, etc.. directly proportional to the ...
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Gravity change as a function of time only

Is it possible to find how gravity changes with time? That is, height is not part of the equation. For example, $g$ can be expressed as a function of height that does not involve time with this ...
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What are the technical differences between the various equivalence principles?

I understand the differences between the various equivalence principles at the level of words, but I'm not sure how they follow from various equations. If I'm given a theory of gravity with metric ...
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Could the attractive force of gravity be modeled as a repulsive force?

If space intrinsically contained gravitons of many different wavelengths then could gravity be model as a repulsive force simular to how casimir attraction works? or any other repulsive mechanism you ...
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A Global Measure on a Gravitational System

I am a computer science engineer and I am trying to simulate the gravity on my computer; several objects with different masses randomly distributed in a Three-dimensional space. I would like to ...
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How to calculate preassure at solar focus?

As starlight passes the sun it gets bent by gravity and will be focused. I am interested in see how strong the pressure from the starlight would be at a focal point. I was thinking if the pressure ...
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Modeling Spacetime In A Corpuscular Or Statistical Way

When I first read about Newton's gravity, it really bothered me. I didn't understand how shaking a lighter at the other end of the universe would instantly influence the lighter that was in front of ...
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Agreggating the masses and coordinates of a number of points to calculate their gravitational pull on an object in a single step

I have $n$ points, each of these have a set of coordinates and a mass; what I want to do is calculate the resultant force they induce on an object whose coordinates I also know. I can do that simply ...
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Gravitational Behavior of Rotating Body

Consider a stick with a (ball-shaped) weight at the end of it. Let's say this stick is in a state of rotation (it's floating in vacuum) and is also in a state of translational motion. Consider a ...
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Does the Blackett effect exist?

From Wikipedia: The Blackett effect, also called gravitational magnetism, is the hypothetical generation of a magnetic field by an uncharged, rotating body. This effect has never been observed. ...
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How to get general relativity from linear gravity theory?

I know someone had done this study. Namely the field approach to general relativity. We can easily get an linear gravity theory. But it will be very complicated when we consider the ...
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accelerating a gravitational field

Newton's equation for gravity calculates gravitational force between two bodies $F= GMm/r^2$ My question is: How does the force change as these two bodies accelerate together through the universe and ...
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Gravity Interaction versus Gravity Well

This question may be misguided, but bear with me. Is there such a thing as gravitational 'invisibility', and if so, is it comparable to optical invisibility (photons/gravitons 'continue' in their ...
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Water Stream from a Horizontal Surface

If water was projected from a flat surface where gravity was equal all over the surface. What would happen when the water fell in on itself? The water is in a continuous stream and is perfectly ...
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What is the pressure in a vertical pipe that has moving fluid through it?

I have a system like this When the valve is closed, pressure along any point along the thin tube may be found thru pgh. 1. What about when the valve is opened? 2. Does the top of the jar need to be ...
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Where to go to minimize tidal forces?

Suppose you design an experiment where you need to minimize the effects of tidal forces. Where would you go? There are a few possibilities, and the choice depends on how much effort you are willing to ...
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If one were to move withing a tesseract, would the direction of gravity be different within each cell

If you unfold a tesseract into 3D space you get a cross shape (basically). Animated, it looks like the bottom most cube becomes inverted from it's 4D orientation. Would that mean that the pull of ...
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Concave Sphere Habitat characteristics

I'm writing a short story set in an artificial planet-sized sphere with an ecosystem in its inner surface, whose "gravity" is created through spinning. Energy sources aside, what other interesting ...
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Is gravity just relative rotational velocity?

Einsteins law of relativity states that velocity is relative. so when object $A$ passes object $B$ at $v$ kph, object $B$ also passes object $A$ at $v$ kph. Maybe gravity is the universes way of ...
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To build a gravitoelectric generator

Listening to Dr. Feynman one of the things he states is that the planets are orbs because, even if they started out as squares, Gravitational attraction will crunch the corners and the rest into an ...