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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
4answers
58 views

From where comes the raindrop

First off all, I've no knowledge of how all this works. I've only got some common sense of "how things works".... But I'm wondering this for quite a long time now, so maybe you guys can help me. The ...
2
votes
2answers
201 views

Why do we orbit around the sun instead of one the other stars?

I am still very new to many physics theories, however while sat in class today, a thought came to mind that I have not been able to answer from simple googling. What is so specific about our sun ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

Why do we say that the electric forces are stronger than gravitational forces? [duplicate]

May be I am asking a stupid question but I am very confused...I understand both forces are inversely proportional to the distances squared, and that the gravitational constant is roughly $10^{-20}$ ...
8
votes
2answers
114 views

Why does angular momentum shorten the Schwarzschild Radius of a black hole?

Angular momentum causes the event horizon of a black hole to recede. At maximum angular momentum, $J=GM^2/c$, the Schwarzschild radius is half of what it would be if the black hole wasn't spinning. ...
3
votes
3answers
302 views

It is possible to extract energy from black holes or..satellites?

When something falls down, potential energy is transformed into kinetic one. Furthermore, you can attach a pulley and extract some energy (like in an aljibe), for example with a dynamo... If the ...
4
votes
1answer
164 views

Simulating a black hole binary system

As part of a project for my degree I am writing code to simulate N-body gravitational interactions, however I have to then use this code to investigate something. Struggling to think of ideas I ...
5
votes
2answers
246 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Why point mass leaves it's own gravitational well? [on hold]

I suppose that point mass has its own gravitational well. Why this point mass is still attracted by other gravitational waves. I expect that this point mass is surrounded by "gravitational hills". Why ...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

What is intrinsic gravitational entropy?

What is intrinsic gravitational entropy? Does it have to do with dark matter or coarse graining in the universe? Is it unique to general relativity, or there are predictions from quantum mechanics as ...
7
votes
5answers
3k views

How long must escape velocity be maintained?

Escape velocity from Earth's surface is 11.2 Kilometres/second How long would one need to maintain this escape velocity to actually escape Earth's gravitational pull? Must this 11.2 km/s velocity ...
2
votes
0answers
37 views

Is Gravity a part of the Strong Nuclear Force? [duplicate]

In episode 7 season 5 of Through the Wormhole, they say that gravity could just be a manifestation of the strong nuclear force and that the force carrier are a pair of Gluons. Is this valid in anyway? ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

Thermal gravitational radiation and its detection

To my poor knowledge on the topic, the gravitational waves that are most likely to be detected by LIGO or other experiments do not have thermal spectrum. But I'm not certain. I know that Hawking's ...
2
votes
3answers
945 views

Active gravitational mass of the electron

In PSE here electrons are added to a sphere and gravitational modifications are expected. My question is: Is there any experiment that show that a negatively charged object is source of a stronger ...
5
votes
2answers
174 views

How will the super massive black hole affect our galaxy?

I've recently learned that the general consensus is that several (if not, most) galaxies have super massive black holes in their center, in particular the Milky Way. This, at least to me, makes ...
1
vote
2answers
69 views

Why does the earth have to feel a pull when something falls?

Heck, I'm not even worried about the speed of a reaction. But remember that if I fall towards the earth, with a force, the earth has the same force exerted upon it in the opposite direction. I was ...
3
votes
2answers
65 views

Jump from a falling object [duplicate]

There have been quite a few plane crashes the past week and this question popped into my head of which I need a good explanation in science about the possibility of survival or not and why. Assuming ...
0
votes
2answers
74 views

What physical conditions would allow for this kind of perpetual seesaw

I'm working with a simulator(Box2D) and need to create these conditions. I have a perpetual seesaw with two objects on either side. I'd like for the following conditions to be met. The first ...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

If dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe, why can't I feel it?

Based on the Lambda-CDM cosmological model, our universe is not only expanding, but is accelerating in its expansion. However, the Equivalence Principle would suggest that inertia manifests itself in ...
1
vote
3answers
158 views

Space-time curvature creates gravity or is it (could it be) vice-versa too?

Mass (Energy) creates space-time curvature and thus it forms the reason for gravity. Can it be vice-versa too? Like, mass created gravitational field, gravitational field created space-time curvature? ...
5
votes
2answers
348 views

How general relativity gets to an inverse-square law

I understand that a general interpretation of the $1/r^2$ interactions is that virtual particles are exchanged, and to conserve their flux through spheres of different radii, one must assume the ...
3
votes
2answers
45 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
77 views

Does gravity stack?

If I am standing on a planet on the opposite side from its sun will I feel the downward pull of both the planet's gravity and the star's gravity? In other words, does gravity "stack" (Any D&D ...
7
votes
3answers
845 views

Gravity as a gauge theory

Currently, (classical) gravity (General Relativity) is NOT a gauge theory (at least in the sense of a Yang-Mills theory). Why should "classical" gravity be some (non-trivial or "special" or ...
3
votes
2answers
103 views

Frame dragging — is there a “non-tiny” example?

Now. As I understand it, in fact, the earth (10^25 kg) creates a very small, very tiny, frame dragging effect. Indeed, we have measured this using satellite experiments. So, the Earth (10^25 kg) ...
-2
votes
0answers
39 views

Gravity as an absence of repulsive force [duplicate]

Could it be possible that the force we know as "gravity" is instead an absence of repulsive force from the direction "gravity" is coming from, so what we feel is a repulsive force from the opposite ...
4
votes
3answers
188 views

Could Dark Matter particles that don't couple to quarks or leptons have been produced?

With what we know about physics, is it possible that when the universe 'began', around when quarks and leptons were produced, another particle, which doesn't couple to either quarks, leptons or ...
7
votes
1answer
171 views

Materials with different gravitomagnetic permeability?

If you start with general relativity, and assume small perturbations around a nearly flat metric, it is possible to obtain linearized equations of gravity that look a lot like Maxwell's equations, ...
2
votes
2answers
55 views

How does weight add up to press on things?

I think I understand how pressure works with gases. More molecules bouncing around -> more random impacts -> stronger force. But I realized to my embarrassment that I don't understand how solid ...
18
votes
2answers
452 views

How do spiral arms form?

Why aren't all spinning galaxies shaped as discs as my young mind would expect? I understand how the innermost parts of a galaxy spin faster than the outer parts, and that could explain why some ...
2
votes
0answers
61 views

Gravitational atraction of fast object [duplicate]

Let's imagine a asteroid that travels with 0.99999999999999999c. (I know it's impossible). Anyway... Relativistic mass of such object would be almost equal to earth's stationary mass. Now let's ...
4
votes
3answers
466 views

Degrees of freedom of the graviton versus classical degrees of freedom

I have a puzzle I can not even understand. A graviton is generally understood in $D$ dimensions as a field with some independent components or degrees of freedom (DOF), from a traceless symmetric ...
10
votes
3answers
495 views

what is this force that is able to surpass an entire planet's force on it?

I have a wet teabag in an empty cup. If I will hold the teabag and touch the wall of cup with it, it will stick to the cup, like there would be glue or some magnetic field, but there's just water. ...
2
votes
0answers
41 views

Statistical Mechanics with Gravity [closed]

What complications arise when examining the statistical mechanics of a system under the influence of gravity? Is it significantly different from the classical treatment of statistical mechanics?
1
vote
2answers
65 views

Add weight in front or behind the moving wheel?

Consider a wheel with bearing and axle bar rolling on level ground. If I want to help the wheel continue moving longer(or faster speed), should I add weight by moving the rider body in front or ...
3
votes
3answers
584 views

Gravitation as the source of redshift of light beams

According to Hubble's law, light and other kinds of electromagnetic radiation emitted from distant objects are redshifted. The more distant the source, the more intense is the redshift. Now, the ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
64 views

Is inertia actually a property of the force rather than the mass?

I ask this because it occurred to me that the inertial property of mass only actually arises in the context of forces (such as the EM force) as a resistance to their accelerating effect. Inertia plays ...
1
vote
2answers
81 views

Principle of locality and forces

I have a silly confusion about the statement written in the link Einstein and Locality ''external influence on A has no direct influence on B; this is known as the Principle of Local Action.'' ...
1
vote
0answers
12 views

What's the evidence, if any, for some local concentration(s) of dark matter in some region(s) smaller than a galaxy?

What's the evidence, if any, for some local concentration(s) of dark matter in some region(s) smaller than a galaxy? Galactic-sized--or larger--gravitating halos seem to get all the attention. I'm ...
2
votes
2answers
64 views

Dark energy vs. gravity

If dark energy is everywhere around us, then why don't we get separated? For example why don't I get separated from the pen kept in front of me? Or take a similar example in free space. Is dark ...
1
vote
0answers
23 views

Do we feel the full force of the earths gravity even though the earth is spinning [duplicate]

As far as I know, since the earth is spinning, centrifugal force should be throwing you off the earth. However, gravity counteracts that by being a stronger force. So if you stood an object with the ...
1
vote
2answers
88 views

What happens if the earth stops rotating? [duplicate]

I was wondering what would happen to all the components on the surface of the Earth if the Earth suddenly stops rotating but does not stop revolving.
3
votes
2answers
389 views

How to obtain the field equations in Brans-Dicke theory from the action?

The action for the Brans-Dicke-Jordan theory of gravity is $$ \\S =\int d^4x\sqrt{-g} \; \left(\frac{\phi R - \omega\frac{\partial_a\phi\partial^a\phi}{\phi}}{16\pi} + \mathcal{L}_\mathrm{M}\right). ...
0
votes
2answers
656 views

When we throw an object in the presence of gravitational attraction is the mass of the object proportional to the time of fall or not?

I was confused when i saw two object of different masses (A and B)falling from the same height(h) but both of them strikes the ground at same time. Is this possible, that masses of the objects are ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

how does a lizard walk on vertical walls? [duplicate]

One day I was observing a lizard walking on walls as easily as we walk on horizontal surfaces. I got curious to know the physics behind this but I couldn't get to any useful conclusion. I tried to ...
2
votes
1answer
109 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Loss of gravitational potential energy in an infinitely far object

Now consider I went into a rocket which goes an infinite distance far from earth. By infinite I mean very far. The gravitational attraction between me and the earth will significantly decrease and ...
-2
votes
0answers
40 views

Destruction or Shielding of Gravitons [duplicate]

Is it theoretically possible to destroy Gravitons? I know research has been done, in order to prove or disprove true antigravity, but has any conclusion been reached? It would make sense that they ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

What effects would we see on Earth if one star of a distant binary system went supernova?

Assume that astronomers on Earth have been monitoring a distant binary star system for a long time (relative to the orbital periods of the binary system) and then they see one star go supernova. Let ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

Do objects in free-fall contribute to earth's weight as a whole still?

If everything in earth's atmosphere contributes to earth's overall weight, including air etc. Does an objects weight in free-fall effect this overall weight in anyway. Just say the weight of earth ...