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

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Calculate velocity vector in an orbit [on hold]

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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Question on Binet's equation

Is there a difference in Binet's equation when the force acting on a body is attractive and repulsive? I mean, if the force has a magnitude $F(r)$, is it Binet's equation always $$\frac{d^2u}{d\...
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Gravity effects when deleting stars or planets

In one of the latest SCIFI movies, they collect a star absorving it entirely in a kind of planet size gun/machine. As mass cannot disappear, I assume it was just concentrated inside their machine (...
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Kepler's laws to determine radius of circular orbit

"In nonrelativistic limit of general relativity there is a correction to the Newtonian gravitational potential energy $−h/r^3$ with $h = αL^2/(mc)^2$, where $c$ is the speed of light, $α = GMm$ and $...
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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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Derivation of Universal Variables

Does anyone know of link to the derivation of the Universal Variables? This is in regards to Kepler's equations. The Wikipedia link didn't have enough information for me, and the Colorado page doesn'...
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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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Predict position of a body in an elliptical orbit in Cartesian coordinates [closed]

A spaceship is orbiting a star on a 2-dimensional plane. I know: The orbit is elliptical The mass of the star Where the star is in x,y coordinates Where the spaceship is in x,y coordinates. The semi-...
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What is centripetal force the resultant of?

If an object is travelling in a circular motion it is constantly changing direction. This means it's velocity is constantly changing. This means that it is accelerating. This acceleration is towards ...
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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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Derivation of Kepler's laws

How can analytically be derived the Kepler's laws? I found some extremely synthetic equations which from the Newton's laws (in particular $\mathbf{F} = m \mathbf{a}$) tried to obtain the Kepler's ...
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Mathematical proof for elliptical orbit of planets [duplicate]

Elliptical orbits are stable for planets. But how to mathematically derive this result that a planet travels in an elliptical path? How are circular orbits less stable than elliptical orbits for ...
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“Reverse engineering” of a horoscope?

I'll start with a disclaimer -- this is not a question about astrology itself, I'm neither trying to refute nor to defend astrology. I'm interested in purely technical things, which are mostly ...
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What is the relation between orbital velocity and escape velocity in strongly relativistic situations?

For practical purposes, I'm considering a non-rotating black hole or neutron star, because I find Kerr black holes a little confusing. The ratio between orbital velocity and escape velocity in ...
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What is so special about atomic nodes and why do they exist? [duplicate]

Using Schrodinger’s wave equation we see that there are certain nodes, i.e radial nodes where the probability of finding the electron is minimum. These nodes are sometimes very close to the nucleus ...
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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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Are elliptical orbits really elliptical?

I have wondered for a long time how elliptical orbits can work. It seems awkward for a freely-moving object to come very close to a source of gravity and then return to the exact point where it ...
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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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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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Determing Velocity of Moons

I have a question that I believe is relatively easy to answer, I am working on an $N$-body simulation of a fictional star system and am having trouble finding the velocity of moons so that they will ...
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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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What would Earth have been without the Moon?

Would Earth rotation have been more slowed down because of the tidal effect from the Sun, as seems to be the case with Mercury and Venus? Due to the giant impact hypothesis the angular momentum from ...
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Would a planet in a binary star system follow Kepler's Laws?

I'm thinking it would not. I am thinking Kepler's Laws were a simplification that were possible with a simple two body (sun, planet) but would not apply for something more complex (sun1, sun2, planet)...
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Why does earth have a minimum orbital period?

Using the equation for Kepler's constant for Earth $K$: $$K = \frac{GM}{4\pi^2}$$ $$K = 1.01 \times 10^{13} \;\rm m^3/s^2$$ Finding time ($r = 6.4 \times 10^{6} \;\rm m$ (radius of Earth)): $$K = \...
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Hyper/parabolic kepler orbits and “mean anomaly”

In an elliptical kepler orbit there is an easy recipe to describe the motion/position of a satellite at time $t$. One just follows the following steps - an important detail for me is that the ...
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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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What orbital elements would show earth orbiting in the opposite direction?

Would earth rotate in the opposite direction if inclination and argument of periapsis were 180 degrees? Looking at this diagram: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_of_periapsis Thanks!
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Calculating true anomaly of a hyperbolic trajectory from time

I'm creating a simulation for orbiting bodies with my primary challenge being calculating the true anomaly of a trajectory with respect to time. I have figured out circular, elliptical, and parabolic ...
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Orbital speed for a circular orbit?

I wanted to look up the formula for orbital speed for a circular orbit on Wikipedia, and I found 2 formulas: All bounded orbits where the gravity of a central body dominates are elliptical in ...
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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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Why is there a gap in porkchop plots?

On a porkchop plot for a given departure date (X axis), why are there two local energy minimums along the arrival date (Y-axis) for a transfer between Earth and Mars? The Hohmann transfer orbit seems ...
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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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Why Sun is not able to attract mercury closer?

As sun have a huge amount of attraction pull force , why its not able to pull tiny mercury? Is the whole solar system works in a push and pull network? Why bigger planets like earth, Saturn and ...
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Why doesn't an orbiting body keep accelerating?

As a physics newbie I'm trying to get a grip on basic orbital mechanics. I think I'm beginning to get grasp on how bodies interact with each other. When a body approaches another body it accelerates ...
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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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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 ...