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 does Newtonian gravitation conflict with special relativity?

In the Wikipedia article Classical Field Theory (Gravitation), it says After Newtonian gravitation was found to be inconsistent with special relativity, . . . I don't see how Newtonian ...
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Is the number of wavelengths of light spanning a distance invariant with respect to spacetime distortion?

I was recently asked by a friend how the expansion of spacetime affects photons. I gave him what I feel is a satisfactory general response, but it got me wondering how, exactly to calculate this ...
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When will the moon fall down? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are tidal power plants slowing down Earth's rotation? I've heard that there are turbines converting energy from tidal waves. Tidal waves are created by the moon's ...
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Black hole complementarity

Black hole complementarity states that two observers, one falling into a black hole, and one observing outside, experience two different histories but since they can not communicate there is no ...
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Initial vs Constant Orbital Velocity

I am working on some basic physics simulation for a game and need to simulate gravity. I have a system working that is behaving more or less correctly so far, but I want to see if I can send a ...
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How does one calculate the force applied on an object by a magnetic field?

I've tried very hard to find an answer to this question, and every path leads me to an abstract discussion of fundamental forces. Therefore, I will propose two very specific scenarios and see if they ...
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experimental bounds on spacetime torsion

Did Gravity Probe B provide any bounds on Einstein-Cartan torsion? is a non-zero torsion value at odds with the results regarding frame-dragging and geodetic effects?
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Charging a black hole?

What would happen if we have a black hole and we start shooting at it a single electron at a time, and go on doing it forever? Would the electrons start to bounce off eventually?
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How could they tell things weigh a sixth of their “Earth weight” on the moon?

I frequently keep hearing stuff about "gravity on the moon is only a sixth of that as Earth's" and "of course you'll weigh more on Jupiter". I do know the relative sizes of those bodies allow for ...
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What is the difference between gravitation and magnetism?

If you compress a large mass, on the order of a star or the Earth, into a very small space, you get a black hole. Even for very large masses, it is possible in principle for it to occupy a very small ...
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Apple falls for which of these 2 reasons?

Needles to say I am a visitor here. I do not belong to the science world;) But I have read both of these things before: Apple falls to the ground because curved spacetime pushes it there (same ...
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Would you feel weightless if falling or flying up in a vacuum?

Ignoring that you can't survive in a vacuum. If you were to jump of a ledge in a vacuum (in a vertical tube eg). While falling would you feel weightless? Surely the earths gravity is still pulling ...
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Relationship between Weak Cosmic Censorship and Topological Censorship

The weak cosmic censorship states that any singularity cannot be in the causual past of null infinity (reference). The topological censorship hypothesis states that in a globally hyperbolic, ...
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A loop quantum gravity toy inspired by an Aharonov-Bohm ring

Comparing my question to Give a description of Loop Quantum Gravity your grandmother could understand what I'm looking for here is a toy for a toddler ($\approx$ a pre-QFT graduate student). I seek ...
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Neutrino unaffected by gravity

Are neutrinos affected by gravity? If not, could that be a plausible reason for a neutrino taking a shorter path than light, since light is affected by gravity?
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Fluid Mechanics Problem - Ball in Reservoir

I'm having a problem starting and solving the following problem: My attempt at the solution was to realize you need to balance the upward forces with those of the downward forces in which case you ...
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Is this static mechanical balance possible without trickery?

On damnlol.com, I came across this picture: http://www.damnlol.com/hello-god-i-have-a-fault-to-report-7549.html My question is: Is this possible without glue? If not are there similar situations ...
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Schwarzschild black hole geometry in Novikov coordinates

As I am a layman in gravitation I would really appreciate any suggestions on how to approach and tackle the following problem: Choose a time-symmetric 3-geometry for the initial geometry of ...
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Silly bet about the best way to walk up a hill

I have a silly bet with a friend of mine. One of us argues that walking up a hill whilst leaning forward requires less exertion, due to your centre of mass being further forward, and therefore ...
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Instantons and Non Perturbative Amplitudes in Gravity

In perturbative QFT in flat spacetime the perturbation expansion typically does not converge, and estimates of the large order behaviour of perturbative amplitudes reveals ambiguity of the ...
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Kerr Geometry, Separability and Twistors

One of the remarkable properties of the Kerr black hole geometry is that scalar field equations separate and are exactly solvable (reducible to quadrature), even though naively it does not have enough ...
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Computing period, semi-major axis of binary

I have mass, $g$, and luminosity of each of the stars in a binary system, extracted from a model. I calculated the individual radii from $g$ and the mass. I am trying to compute $a$, but I seem to be ...
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Vasiliev Higher Spin Theory and Supersymmetry

Recently there is renewed interest in the ideas of Vasiliev, Fradkin and others on generalizing gravity theories on deSitter or Anti-deSitter spaces to include higher spin fields (utilizing known ...
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Why can you remove the gravitational constant from a computer game simulation?

I've seen in a few gravity simulation games (ie. bouncing balls) the equation: force = G * m1 * m2 / distance^2 shortened to this by removing the gravitational ...
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Dropping cubes of same masses but different sizes?

Two cubes of the same mass but different sizes (smaller Cube A and bigger Cube B) are dropped from same height on to a tray of sand.Which cube will create a deeper impression and why?
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Understanding 1D Kinematics and Uniform Acceleration? [closed]

So I was given the following homework problem: You land on an unknown planet somewhere in the universe that clearly has weaker gravity than Earth. To measure g on this planet you do the following ...
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Without gravity, is there still up and down?

I'll try to be clear: example: If you send the ISS far enough for it not to undergo the Earth's gravity anymore, then you turn it and the—sleeping—astronauts in it upside down, when they wake up, will ...
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How dangerous is firing a bullet straight up in to the air? [closed]

Question's title says it all how dangerous are the bullets which are fired up straight in to the air? I often find myself in this discussion where there are people who argues that it is harmless and ...
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How does gravitational lensing account for Einstein's Cross?

Einstein's Cross has been attributed to gravitational lensing. However, most examples of gravitational lensing are crescents known as Einstein's rings. I can easily understand the rings and crescents, ...
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Two masses in deep space - collide or orbit?

If two identical masses are somehow "released" into deep space (that is, they're subject to no other gravitation forces but their own, and are initially at rest to each other). What decides whether ...
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Why are our planets in the solar system all on the same disc/plane/layer?

I always see pictures of the solar system where our sun is in the middle and the planets surround the sun. All these planets move on orbits on the same layer. Why?
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How fast gravity force propagates? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The speed of gravity Lets say for example that a pertubance occured on the Sun that changes its distance to the Earth. How fast we are going to notice the gravity ...
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Would Portal-style portals transmit gravity? [closed]

In the video game Portal, there are often puzzles which must be solved by gaining a large amount of momentum. Typically, this is accomplished by putting one portal on the ground and another directly ...
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calculating ballast needed to offset wobble of a 1g unbalanced centerfuge spinning at 20000G's

So this seemed pretty straight forward at first, but then I wasnt too sure about gravity forces... So. centerfuge 2 samples 1 sample is 1gram heavier than the other centerfuge at top speed is ...
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Negative g-force: difference between gravity and centrifugal force?

I was having a discussion with a friend about human tolerances of g-force. He believed that the maximum human tolerance of negative g-force is low, in the order of .5 g. I countered, saying that ...
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Does rotational energy have effect on gravity/metric?

Intuitively, if energy can be stored in rotational motion, it has to obey $E=mc^2$. Does rotation of typical stellar-sized objects - BHs, pulsars, binaries - have measurable effect on their overall ...
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Acceleration of two masses by gravitational force [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Confused about the role of mass I know that two different masses fall at the same rate in the same gravitational field because the greater gravitational force of the ...
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Vacuum and repulsive gravity

How can one show from General Relativity that gravity is attractive force, and under which conditions it becomes repulsive, also why positive energy vacuum drives repulsive gravity?
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Can we model gravitation as a repulsive force? [closed]

This question is actually related to my earlier question ("what is motion"). The fact that objects move a lot in the universe and that the universe is expanding, can imply that gravity is a repulsive ...
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Stephen Hawking says universe can create itself from nothing, but how exactly?

Stephen Hawking says in his latest book The Grand Design that, Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Is it not circular logic? I mean, how ...
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metamaterials for gravitational waves

Is there such a thing as refractive index of a material for gravitational waves ? How would the index of a material depend on density - Say density of interstellar cloud vs planet vs star vs neutron ...
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Finding the position of a planet between two other planets of known mass and distance

Here is the question: A planet with mass $m$ and a second with mass $M$ are separated by a distance $d$. A third planet with mass $m_3$ happens to be midway between $M$ and $m$. Where could ...
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Could dark energy be linked to dark flow?

I couldn't find any other questions regarding dark flow on Wikipedia, so I'm curious. As far as I can tell, dark energy's existence seems to be hard to explain. Since there may be a couple of ideas ...
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How does gravity affect sound waves? [on hold]

Someone asked me this question and I don't think I gave him an adequate answer (I was trying to think of the extreme case - that of neutron stars)
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Weightlessness and falling sideways

In Season 2, ep 4 of Star talk Radio, host Neil Tyson is talking about the international space station. He mentions that the space station is in a low earth orbit and is falling along the curvature of ...
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What method should I use to solve for the final acceleration of a projectile being launched from the earth's surface?

What method should I use to solve for the final acceleration of a projectile being launched from the earth's surface? The question I am working on is: A projectile is launched vertically from ...
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Does gravity spread instantly? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The speed of gravity I am real noob in physics, so sorry if this question is really stupid. Today in a casual conversation I claimed that if the sun were to instantly ...
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Maximal Gravity

I found this interesting problem in Introduction to Classical Mechanics with Problems and Solutions by David Morin: Given a point $P$ in space, and given a piece of malleable material of ...
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Why don't astronauts in orbit get stuck to the “ceiling”?

When a shuttle is in orbit, it is essentially rotating around the "centre" of the Earth at a great speed. So why does there seem to be no centrifugal force sticking them to the 'ceiling' of the ...
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N particles, will there be any rotation after a period of time or everything will collapse

This is in context of classical Newtonian physics. Consider a system of n different point mass particles. Initially all are spread around on one plane. No particle possess any velocity to begin with. ...