The path a body takes while moving through space under the influence of the gravitational forces of other bodies

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Meteor hitting the moon? [on hold]

Could a meteor hit the moon enough to cause a decay in its revolution around earth hitting the atmosphere causing molten rock to rain? I learned also the the moon was blasted out of Earth could that ...
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Velocity of satellite to crash into the earth

I was reading through this post today and was very impressed by the response that was given. However, what would have to happen to the velocity in order to collide with the Earth? Velocity of ...
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When do two point masses orbit or collide? [on hold]

Suppose we have a universe containing two point particles with possibly different masses and initial positions/velocities (with respect to some fixed reference frame). Neglecting relativity and ...
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How can a polar orbit of a satellite be achieved? [on hold]

I mean an orbit in which the satellite is above antarctica on southern hemisphere and above arctic circle in northern hemisphere? I guess it won't be possible to be exactly above the axis but closer ...
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How do gravitational sling shots work? [duplicate]

How can an object move faster after leaving the gravity of a planet, should a gain in potential energy by moving away from the planet lead to a loss of kinetic energy? Or am I missing something ...
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Satellite collides with earth [duplicate]

Suppose we have a satellite in a circular orbit around the earth. We know that the velocity is given by $$v = \sqrt{\frac{GM}{r}}$$ I'm curious as to what conditions on a velocity change would require ...
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Is the motion of rotation perfectly symmetrical? [duplicate]

Scientifically, can we say that one of these assertions is more "correct" than the other? (philosophically we can say that the first one is more correct because it makes the motion of other planets "...
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Newton's law - satellite position (in 2D) for specific moment of time [closed]

I’m trying designate function that calculate satellite position (2 dimensional) for specific moment of time for better understanding Newton's law of gravity. To verify my calculations I created second ...
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Find the mass of Europa, one of the Moons orbiting the Jupiter [closed]

Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, was discovered by Galileo in $1610$. Europa has a circular orbit of radius $6.708\times 10^5$ km and period $3.551$ days. Find the mass of Jupiter. My attempt: ...
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How to calculate transit time for a specific section of an orbit?

I've searched high and low and I haven't been able to find a formula for this. I'm trying to calculate the time it will take to transit through a defined arc length of an elliptical orbit, whose ...
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Possible to redirect atmosphere lost to space back to a planetary body [closed]

So I understand that lower gravity planetary bodies tend to lose atmosphere at a pretty quick rate, and as I understand it when the gases break free they are blown away in the direction that the solar ...
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Charged Accelerometer in Orbit

It is well known that an accelerometer (or any other object for that matter) in a gravitational orbit will register nearly zero acceleration. According to this answer, this is because the object is, ...
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How does the Giant Impact Hypothesis resolve impulse for orbital insertion?

The Giant Impact Hypothesis describes that Earth's moon was formed from collision between a proto-Earth and another Mars-sized object. This collision ejected mass from the Earth into orbit, whereupon ...
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Why don't we feel the subtle speed change of Earth's elliptical orbit?

Earth's orbit is a slight ellipse, so to conserve momentum its speed increases when it is closest to the Sun. If the speed changes there is an acceleration. If there is an acceleration there is a ...
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Effective Potential in General Relativity

I would like to clarify a concept about the Effective Potential in General Relativity when the kinetic energy term is not unitary. Suppose (in spherical coordinates) one has a generic line element of ...
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Change in gravitational effect between Earth and the Sun

SPOILERS FOR "INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE" ABOUND. I just watch ID:R and had a question about a plot point. In the movie, a large alien ship, which looked to be about 10-20 percent the size of Earth ...
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How can an asteroid fall to a planet?

According to the Kepler's first law, the orbit of an asteroid would be an ellipse having the planet at one of the focuses (to a good approximation). Then how come can it ever fall to the planet?
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How to calculate the mechanical energy of a planet orbiting a Sun in a ellipse orbit? [closed]

I learned how to calculate the energy of the planet orbiting in a circle. then what about ellipse? I mean, why does the planet's energy is same when we model the planet's orbit into a circle which the ...
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Juno probe's speed is in relation to what frame of reference?

When describing the velocity of space probes in general (the Juno probe in particular) what frame of reference is the velocity quoted in? This is in relation to the news of the Juno Satellite ...
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What does the Moon's orbit around the Sun look like?

I'm curious as to what the Moon's orbit around the Sun looks like. If there's an answer, what's the intuition for it? Here are some things I'm assuming when trying to tackle this question: The Moon'...
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Is it possible that an object orbits another object without ever tangenting or crossing its equator?

Imagine Object 1 beeing the earth and object 2 beeing the moon having a orbit around earth, like the yellow line is demonstrating. Could something like this anyhow naturaly as standalone occur? I'd ...
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Maximum Angular Momentum for an orbit in GR

[The reference for this question is the book Gravitation by Misner,Thorne, & Wheeler.] The trajectories of massive particles around a spherically symmetric body is governed by the effective ...
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How to calculate orbit of a sphere around a bigger one in microgravity?

I don't have any knowledge in physics, but in a world building related question, I need to know how can I calculate the orbit or the distance in each point of the orbit around a spherical object in ...
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Calculate velocity vector in an orbit [closed]

This is a very specific question for a video game that I am the principle developer of. Having calculated the parameters of an elliptical method, I know the following: $G$ = gravitational constant $...
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On the Stability of Circular Orbits

Bertrand's Theorem characterizes the force laws that govern stable circular orbits. It states that the only force laws permissible are the Hooke's Potential and Inverse Square Law. The proof of the ...
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Why does the inverse square law cause elliptical orbits? [duplicate]

I've seen it printed multiple places, here for example, that the reason orbits are elliptical is because the gravitational law has an inverse square of the radius. Why does this make the orbits ...
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Confused about the solution to a problem in IPhO 2001

The problem statement is thus. "Assume that M >> m0, so that the ordinary star is basically rotating around the neutron star in a circular orbit of radius r0. Assume that the ordinary star ...
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Average of the velocity vector along a Keplerian orbit

I would like to show that the average of the velocity vector $\mathbf{v}$ along one Keplerian orbit vanishes, i.e. $$ \frac{1}{2 \pi}\int_{0}^{2 \pi} \!\!\!\! \mathrm{d} M \, \mathbf{v} = \frac{1}{T}\...
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Kepler Orbits: Small Perturbations->Elliptical Orbits

A group of my physics classmates and I have been stuck on this problem. We have tried a few approaches. The problem is to show that a body following a circular orbit, when given a small radial ...
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Gravity and angular momentum

When a mass moves towards a bigger mass at a constant velocity, they will be attracted to each other such that the smaller mass will revolve around the bigger mass with the same speed as before. ...
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Why does a velocity that gives gravity's centripetal acceleration make you stay in orbit?

Explanations of basic orbital mechanics that I can find all go, $$\frac{v_{satellite}^2}{r} = a_c = \frac{F_{gravity}}{M_{planet}} = \frac{(\frac{G M_a M_s}{r^2})}{M_{planet}}$$ , and so you get a ...
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Heliocentric Cartesian position of moons

I have a working Kepler orbit system that is GPU accelerated to allow precision, speed and parallelism and more importantly allow as many factors as possible in calculation. For various reasons I ...
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Orbits for dummies [duplicate]

In a certain universe a perfectly spherical, uniformly dense planet is found to be in a stable orbit around a stable star. The rest of the universe is empty space with no silly stuff like dark matter. ...
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Very Basic Circular motion question

I was asked to draw a diagram of the forces acting on a ball in vertical circular motion when it is at a horizontal point. I drew the weight of the ball acting straight down and the centripetal force ...
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Centrifugal force acting on Spacecraft

This Question may sound very naive. Still somebody can explain the basics in simple words. As I understand, when we equate the centrifugal force acting on spacecraft in circular orbit with ...
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Orbits around the Photon sphere of a black hole (Schwarzschild coordinates)

This is a follow-up question to the answer given at What is the exact gravitational force between two masses including relativistic effects?. Unfortunately the author hasn't been online for a few ...
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Reference frame, gravitation and kinetic energy

English is not my primary language. I apologize (and would like corrections) if the terms I use are not the right ones. In a geocentric reference frame, the moon rotates around the Earth. So its ...
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As planets orbit around the Sun, does the force of gravity due to the Sun remain constant?

I know that the force of gravity is: $$F = GMm/R^2$$ Where $G$ is gravitational constant, $M$ is mass of sun, $m$ is mass of the orbiting planet and $R$ is the distance between the center of their ...
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Would an astronaut floating in space at zero speed get drawn to the Earth?

The question came to mind after watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTY1Kje0yLg If the Earth and Moon can bend space-time, and if the Earth's gravity is strong enough to reach the ...
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What would be the long-term effects of stopping the Sun?

TL;DR: In an orbital simulation, what are the effects of pinning the major body to the origin, and how could these effects, if any, be mitigated? Consider an orbital motion simulator; your basic n-...
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Orbital parameters of more than two bodies

I am not even entirely sure that the question makes sense except in certain simple cases, but let me explain what I am trying to do, but with the question first. The question is essentially: Given n ...
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Velocity Related To Gravitation [closed]

Which Equation is correct $v^2=\large{\frac{2GM}r}$ OR $v^2=\large{\frac{GM}r}$? I am getting confused here.
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Distance of closest approach of a satellite after star explodes [closed]

Problem: A satellite is in a circular orbit about a star, when it explodes spherically symmetrically, to a large distance from the star and in negligible time. The star loses 2% of its mass. I want ...
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Why doesn't the earth collide with the sun in 64 years?

According to another answer on this site, the time it takes for two bodies in space to collide can be computed with the following formula: $$\frac{\pi}{2\sqrt{2}}\frac{r_0^{3/2}}{\sqrt{G(M+m)}}$$ ...
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Why doesn't orbital body keep going faster and faster? [duplicate]

If we consider the change in velocity during an infinitesimal interval of an orbit: where body B is orbiting body A, we can see that the magnitude of the resultant vector (the green arrow) is ...
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Orbital Velocity & LLR

As I understand it, light that is emitted from a source is not imparted with the motion of the source and so always follows a "straight line". If this is correct, I am having a difficult time ...
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What is exact difference between gravitational force and magnetic force? [closed]

I've read that gravitational force is due to mass only and magnetic field is due to moving charged particles. But my question is: what are other difference between them? Can we set up a small ...
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Keplerian orbits and radial velocities: problem with true anomalies

I am writing a pure Python code to calculate radial velocities of stars with massive objects orbiting them. I am following the formalism from Murray & Correia (2011) (hereafter MC11). In a given ...
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If we threw a baseball from the ISS, could we deorbit the ball?

Clearly this is a hypothetical question. Say we bring a star baseball player into NASA, prep them appropriately for a mission in space, and fly them up to the International Space Station. They go on ...
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Calculate the speed of Halley's comet at his perihelion [closed]

Knowing that Halley's comet orbita the sun every 75,3 years, that the semi-major axes is 17.83 AU, the semi-major axes is 4.53 AU and at his perihelion he is 0.586 AU away from the sun. With these ...