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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Acceleration to lightspeed using gravity

Suppose we have a very advanced spaceship that (aside from colliding with planets or entering a blackhole) is indestructable, and can go very fast, but is incapable of moving at lightspeed on it's ...
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What causes light to travel through a curved fountain of water?

Today I observed a tilted fountain spurting water upward (the water fell smoothly; no detectable turbulence). A colored light was shown upward into the water as it left its source. This light traveled ...
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What observation(s)--if any--confirm that the types & concentrations of energy, which are influenced by gravity, are the same ones that cause gravity?

General relativity allows various forms of energy to participate in the gravitational force. What observation(s)--if any--confirm general relativity's notion that the various types & ...
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Real-world evidence that non-massive entities (or even: antiparticles), and their behaviors, are sources of gravity?

The theory of general relativity tells us that non-massive entities, and their behaviors, are possible sources of gravity. Mass isn't needed, the theory says. What's the real-world evidence that ...
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2 different density liquids in space

Lets say you are in deep space with basically zero gravity. You have a ball of water floating in front of you. If you carefully injected that ball with a syringe filled with vegetable oil, what ...
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What are Galileons good for?

Lately I've seen many papers (for example "The galileon as a local modification of gravity"; 292 total hits on the arXiv) on types of field theories known as Galileons, and I'm wondering what the ...
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Gravity in $d$ spacetime dimensions

Given the following action $$S=\frac{1}{16\pi G}\int d^4x \sqrt {-g}(R+aR^2+bR_{\mu\nu}R^{\mu\nu}+cR_{\mu\nu\lambda\sigma}R^{\mu\nu\lambda\sigma}),$$ which is in 4D. How to we generalise this ...
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Thought experiment on graviton breaking the speed of light [closed]

The effect of gravity travels at the speed of light. Suppose we can entangle a pair of gravitons (which are only theoretical, but who knows for sure?) and separate them over a vast distance. Hold on - ...
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Will a hot object have more gravity than a cold object?

Imagine two objects, identical and having the same mass. Now my question is, if you heat one object and do not do anything with the other object, will the hot object possess more gravity (because it ...
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Can energy bend space? [duplicate]

I know mass bends the space around it and I also remember matter can be converted into energy and vice versa, so my question is: can energy interact with space in a similar fashion as matter does?
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How to prove that the nonlinear completion of free massless spin-2 action must be Einstein-Hilbert action?

There is a saying that the nonlinear completion of free massless spin-2 action in Minkovski spacetime (that is Fierz-Pauli action) must be Einstein-Hilbert action up to Lovelock invariants. I find a ...
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A ball in the gravity potential field of a black hole — seems a paradox

As illustrated in the following diagram (A, B, C, D are 4 specified space points, and C is close to a black hole), a small ball at distance of a black hole is stationary (suppose now it's mass is m0) ...
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Deriving the Fierz-Pauli propagator

Fierz-Pauli action can be written as $$ S = \int d^Dx \; \frac{1}{2} h_{\mu \nu} \mathcal{O}^{\mu \nu, \alpha \beta}h_{\alpha \beta} $$ where the operator $$ \mathcal{O}^{\mu \nu} {}_{\alpha ...
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Heuristics for the Hawking mass

I have the following definition of Hawking Mass. Given a spacelike 2-surface $S$ embedded in a 3+1-dimensional Lorentzian Manifold $L$, $$ M(S) := \sqrt{ \frac{\text{Area}(S)}{16 \pi}} \left(1- \frac ...
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Non-linearity and self-coupling of gravity

I have heard that non-linearity of Einstein's field equations has to do with the fact that gravity self-couples. What does non-linearity have to do with self-coupling?
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Will an object always fall at an infinite speed in a black hole?

Most of you if not everybody will agree that the stronger the gravitational pull, the faster an object will fall. For example, on a planet with 50 times the gravity of Earth, any object will hit the ...
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A cup of water in ZERO gravity

What will happen if I try to pour a cup of water in zero gravity, into another empty cup? Will the water come out of the cup? The adhesive force between the water molecules and the interior of the cup ...
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Wouldn't dark matter throw off the calculation of Earth's 'light' mass and estimates of its composition?

The Cavendish experiment first determined the mass of the Earth and (arguably) the gravitational constant. However, given the ubiquitous nature of dark matter, it seems reasonable that at least some ...
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In theory, could gravitational waves be used to make a “gravity laser”?

The sources I've read compare gravitational waves to electromagnetic waves. I'm curious to what extent this is. In theory, could gravity be harnessed in similar ways to how we've used electromagnetic ...
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Why does weight affect acceleration with gravity

I'm sure this question has been asked before, but my question is different, because it can't be answered with some formulae. My question is, why do heavier objects decelerate faster when moving away ...
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Relativity of simultaneity in Galileo's Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment

Galileo's conclusion can be roughly summed up as: objects of different masses, when dropped from the same height, descend in the same time interval, independent on their masses (neglecting friction). ...
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Is there any gravitational force between two stationary neutrinos, a billion light years apart?

Gravity is supposed to act over an infinite distance. But if the force is very weak (due to low masses) and the distance is very far, is the force actually 0? Or is the force so low that it is ...
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Is gravity instantaneous? [duplicate]

I want to know if (hypothetically) a star appears out of nowhere at a certain distance (say 20 light seconds) away from me, how long will it take for me to get the feel of it's gravity? Will I know it ...
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Black hole area theorem and Hawking radiation

Black hole area theorem states that surface area of a black hole does not decrease with time (see page 10 of Introductory Lectures on Black Hole Thermodynamics, Ted Jacobson ...
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If we're holding hands, and you're inside the event horizon of a black hole, do we both fall in?

Imagine some science fiction scenario where two people are floating through space holding hands orbiting a black hole. If one person falls close enough to the black hole that they're within the event ...
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What level of mathematics would I need to understand the physics of a black hole? [duplicate]

I recently went to go see Interstellar and was awed by the visualizations of the wormhole and the black hole Gargantua. I read that noted physicist Kip Thorne was a consulting producer on the film. I ...
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Does a time-evolving gravitational field or potential have any important/interesting effects?

I have learned from classical electromagnetism that a time-evolving magnetic field gives rise to a contribution to an electric field, and vice-versa. Do gravitational fields have an analogous effect ...
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Is the influence of gravity greater than light? [duplicate]

As the influence of gravity is infinite throughout the universe.is the influence of its force on a body very far away faster than the speed of light.suppose a star dies...is the influence of its ...
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Gravity and the Speed of Light

Let's assume that I am on an airplane that is at about 4,000 altitude and now let's also assume that I am standing on one of the wings with a light torch, if I point the light torch below to the ...
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Can water falling from a tap follow a spiral path?

The faucet design depicted below is driving me crazy. The water falling from the tap appears to follow a spiral path. No one seems to agree whether it is physically possible for the water to spin in ...
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Hydro-electric gravity problem - Is there a air-resistance-like force affecting water flow down a mountain making placing hydro-electric ?

Say I have a theoretical mountain with a river starting exactly at the peak. Gravity would act on the water, accelerating it down the mountain. There would also be a force limiting the water's ...
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Why don't electrons fall on the ground, off the charged wire?

Please, don't mind if my question is silly, but I was always wondering... Imagine we have a negatively charged metailc wire. Let's assume it's just hanging on a thin rope. What force keeps electrons ...
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How can I use Einstein's field equations? [duplicate]

Every time I try to find the answer to this question I get redirected to different pages that ultimately do not end up answering my question. I have some understanding of Riemannian geometry but have ...
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Why is it hard to detect a black hole

I've read in some texts that we can't directly observe a black hole in space because not even light can escape from its gravity. Some of the indirect observational methods mentioned are, gravitational ...
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Has galaxy merger and universe expansion been proven?

I understand the basic argument for hierarchical merging of galaxies during expansion of the universe. I also understand peculiar motion and the Hubble flow. So I understand what's going on with ...
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Is there a difference between Weight and Force of Gravity?

Is there a difference between Weight and Force of Gravity or they just mean the same thing? My textbook does not clarifies this point. Thank you in advance for your help!
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How can I use Einstein's field equations to find the metric tensor? [duplicate]

I have watched and read a lot on the topic of General Relativity and the geometry behind it. I am confident that I can derive an approximation of the the stress-energy-momentum tensor with just the ...
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How does Einstein's gravity work? [duplicate]

I'm a chemistry student interested in physics. Hope the question doesn't sound funny. As opposed to Newton's gravity, which doesn't explain how gravity works, Einstein explained gravity as a result ...
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Is an elastic, gravitating object stable?

As I understand, an object can contract under its own gravitantional pull. Then as it does so, different parts of the object must move with some velocity. This in turn means that their relativistic ...
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Is my diagram of spacetime curvature valid (relatively)?

I've been wracking my brain trying to understand what "curved spacetime" really is, and I think replacing one dimension with the time dimension then drawing the world-lines through time was the "aha!" ...
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Can observations of cosmic super voids teach us anything about time, dark energy, or dark matter?

Can observations of cosmic super voids teach us anything about... Time - If gravity affects time is there a chance we could gain any further information from studying a region with lower than ...
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Is it possible to have a black hole in empty space?

If the escape velocity of two very massive objects is near the speed of light, and those objects are orbiting each other (let's ignore the Roche limit for this exercise), is it possible that the ...
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A central force which enables a torque on a sphere - is it still conservative?

Consider the following example: Two spheres (one big, other small) standing vertically on ground. At first, the small sphere is on top of the big sphere. Then, it starts to roll w/o slipping to ...
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How much work can a single grain of rice do? [closed]

I found a website saying a grain of rice contains 1/10 kcal. I'm not a physicist and haven't done maths for a long time. But here's what I came up with: E = m * g * h One small calorie equals ...
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The ADM Energy of Gravitational Waves?

I have been looking for books about this question for several days. However, almost all books use Landau–Lifshitz pseudotensor to calculate the energy of Gravitational Waves.And they said the result ...
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Does the value of the Ricci scalar determine the strength of the gravitational field?

If I was solving an equation that contains the Ricci Scalar, and I want to solve the equation in the strong and weak gravity regimes, is right to assume that $R>>1$ for first case and ...
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What is the reasoning behind the idea that light cannot escape from a black hole? [duplicate]

According to the definition, light cannot escape from a black hole. How did scientists deduce that light cannot escape from a black hole?
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Energy variations of cosmic background radiation

Has anyone been able to measure a difference in the energy density of Cosmic Background Radiation in a gravity well compared to zero gravity?
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Are there experimentally verified differences between general relativity and Lorentz invariant “newtonian” gravity?

I used to have (I lost it) a historical article about how Eintein's general relativity theory "won" over a Lorentz invariant generalization of Newton's gravity (I cannot remember the author). This is ...
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How does the earth do a negative work on a static body? [closed]

If a body is in rest and the earth acts with a force on it 10 N Is there a negative work done by the earth though the body doesn't move? how? does it have a common thing with potential energy?