Celestial body that orbits following an elliptical path around a star or stellar remnant.

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Have we observed sufficient extra-solar planetary systems to establish a planetary distribution pattern? [duplicate]

From Kepler And Extra-Solar Planetary Observations As of January 2015, Kepler and its follow-up observations had found 1,013 confirmed exoplanets in about 440 stellar systems, along with a further ...
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What would be the minimum size of a planet which would allow a human being to walk around without falling out in the open space?

On the Earth you can walk - of course we all know it - in the southern hemisphere without falling out in the open space, and you feel no difference between being at the North Pole or on the Equator. ...
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What is the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet? And is there a way to determine a dwarf planet from a normal planet in a unknown solar system? (If we discover a unknown solar system)
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How did planets start to spin and do all of them spin in same direction? [duplicate]

How did planets start to spin in the first place? Some say that gases which condense and form planets start spinning and hence planets acquire a spin. And some say that they start to spin to conserve ...
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Relativistic time dilation on Mars compared to Earth?

What is the time dilation in Mars, compared to earth? Can we accurately calculate it? What information is needed to do these calculations?
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Are we increasing the gravity of Earth with our population?

I have these questions related to my question title: Do we, other species and things have our own gravity? How much Gs a human have? Are we effecting Earth, nearby moons and planets with our ...
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Based on measurements of a moon's orbit with respect to the planet, what can one calculate?

Question: "We observe a very small moon orbiting a planet and measure the moon's min. and max. distances from the planet's center, and the moon's maximum orbital speed. Which of the following CANNOT ...
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Is it possible for a planetary system to orbit around something that wasn't a sun?

Say for example that at the center of our solar system you replaced the sun, with something that wasn't a star, lets say that it was electrified and still produced the same amount of heat, would that ...
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Would it be possible to have a planetary system where one planet is in continuous shade?

When I ask this I'm thinking of a system similar to ours, but the orbits are perfectly staggered and all planets involved have orbital periods such that when the planet (or small moon, whichever works ...
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Pluto's internal heat source

When the first images were announced from the New Horizons probe back in July, there was a lot of fanfare about how the surface is young and geologically active, thus requiring an internal heat ...
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What would antimatter planets look like?

Let's say – hypothetically – in the vastness of space, we found a planet made entirely out of antimatter and surrounded by barely any matter. If someone were to look at the planet, would they confuse ...
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Using nuclear devices to terraform Mars: Elon Musk's nuclear proposal? [closed]

Elon Musk has recently suggested Using nuclear devices to terraform Mars. In the past, comet related ideas were mooted, but Musk seems, to me anyway, to be a man in a hurry and perhaps his idea has ...
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$g=GM/r^2$; $M=$mass of Earth. So in center $r=0$, so $g$ should be infinity [duplicate]

From the equation of Newtonian gravitational force, we know that $$F=\frac{Gm_1m_2}{r^2}.$$ If one of the two objects is Earth, then from $F=GMm/r^2$ and we know $g=GM/r^2$. So 'g' should be infinity, ...
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Why doesn't space junk form a ring around Earth?

If ice and rock form rings around a planet like Saturn, why don't rings form around Earth from all of the broken satellites and other material around Earth, or will they eventually? I would expect at ...
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Calculating collapse factor in the crater equation [duplicate]

In the Crater Equation $$ D=0.07C_f\left(\frac{g_e}{g}\right)^{1/6}\left(E \frac{\rho_a}{\rho_t}\right)^{1/3.4} $$ where $\rho_a$ is the density of the impactor, $\rho_t$ that of the object, $g_e$ ...
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Was Leverrier-Adams prediction of Neptune a lucky coincidence?

According to historians both Adams and Leverrier used Bode's law to guess the distance to Neptune, which led to a vast overestimation of its orbital period (Adams - 227 years, Le Verrier - 218 years, ...
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Why do Uranus and Venus rotate from East to west?

Why do only Uranus and Venus rotate from East to west, while others rotate in opposite direction? Is it because of the angle of their tiltness? Or due to the process of their formation?
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Eccentricity of planetary orbits: What information is contained?

I'm having a little trouble understanding what makes a planetary orbit explicitly elliptical. Is it simply that the initial velocity was different from the circular orbit case for a given starting ...
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Would a rocky planet orbiting so close to a very hot star eventually vaporize?

I was thinking about the physics behind a hypothetical scenario where a planet the size and the mass of the Earth is orbiting so close to a very hot star and what the long-term fate of such a planet ...
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Planetary alignment of the gas giants?

There is this nice and new applet of the orbits of the planets around the sun: Solar System Orrery You can click and drag any planet and watch their relative orbits evolve in time. I was curious ...
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What would happen to a planet at the heliosphere's termination shock?

Assuming that a planet with an atmosphere already existed which orbits at the radius of the termination shock of a star, what would happen to it over time? As a follow-up, would it be possible for a ...
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Has New Horizons' visit to Pluto taught us anything deeper than mere… facts?

There's a lot of interesting stuff coming from New Horizons about Pluto, but are we actually gaining any non-trivial scientific understanding from it, or is it all just "oh neat, Pluto has mountains ...
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What is the definition of potential energy? [duplicate]

I have problems with this equation: $$U_G ~=~ G\frac{m_1m_2}{r}.$$ It's for potential energy of say something placed on Earth. But it intrigues me. $r$ is the distance from the very center of the ...
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Region of resonance and overlap

In planetary dynamics what does a region of resonance (mean motion) between two bodies mean and how to quantify the region? How does resonance overlap occur and what are its consequences? What is ...
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Calculate volume of a crater

Is there an equation I can use to determine the volume of a crater in my 'drop the ball on sand' experiment? I looked at the equations for volume of hemisphere and cone but do not seem to fit the ...
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Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact on Jupiter

When the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted with Jupiter it created a ball of fire 3000 Km high and it left a mark on the surface of the planet that was visible for weeks (source: Wikipedia). How was the ...
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Proportionality constant in crater equations

I have searched for equations regarding craters and I came across two of them. The first one is from this NOAO website in the level two section. There, it says that, $$ D^3\propto E $$ where $E$ is ...
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Gravity underground on the moon?

They say that gravity Decreases as we dig into the earth. But I also read that gravity increases for the first approx. 2000km of distance underground. Using this rational, could we dig about 200 to ...
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Crater equation

I found this crater equation $$ D=0.07 \cdot C_f \cdot (g_e/g)^{1/6} \cdot (W p_a/p_t)^{1/3.4} $$ on a website, where $$ \begin{align} D &= \text{Crater Diameter}\\ C_f &= \text{Crater ...
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Why are tidal forces pointing away from the Moon? [duplicate]

I am currently reading The Science of Insterstellar, which explains most things very well, but some things leave me confuzzled, which I hope to get answers to here. I am no physicist, but highly ...
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How easily can the Earth flip?

The recent media attention to sunspot activity (however warranted) reminds me of a question I had long ago. Given the angular momentum and the slight 'wobble' of the earth, and remembering the ...
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What conditions would allow planetary-sized objects to collide and remain intact?

I am modeling some off-the-wall scenarios to try out with a game engine. One idea is trying to make a planet where some weird catastrophic incident has creates a funny shaped planet. I'm hoping to ...
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Temperature of planets without atmosphere

I am wondering how come a planet without atmoshhere loses heat in space when the space around it is a vacuum. In my understanding for one object to lose heat it must have contact with another ...
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How much force does it take to move the Earth? [closed]

If you could fly and survive in space, how much force would you need to move Earth at 1 meter per second?
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Helium confined to a gravity well

It's a well known problem that Earth is slowly losing its supply of helium due to helium's ability to "bubble off" the atmosphere. All the gas giants have significant percentages of helium in their ...
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Motion of a ball in a tunnel along Earth's diameter [duplicate]

Suppose, a tunnel is made along the diameter of Earth and we drop a ball inside it. How will the ball behave? Please help me in the stand.
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Elliptical path of planets [duplicate]

Why are the planet's orbits in the form of an ellipse and what is the proof that earth moves in an elliptical path with the sun at its foci? Initially it was thought that earth moved in a circular ...
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How can a gas giant be said to have an atmosphere?

They are made of gas, right? So, there won't be a solid-gas or liquid-gas boundary that defines where the atmosphere starts. So, if there isn't a boundary, we can't define part of it to be an ...
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How to calculate the mass of a sun that is similar to our own

How would you calculate the mass of a sun that could host a habitable planet, with only given the values of the mass of our own sun. And the fact that it takes a specific amount of years for life to ...
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If planet like Jupiter is massive enough to hold hydrogen with its gravity is it bound to become a star?

I have been reading about Jupiter as of late and reason I am asking is if Jupiter has strong enough gravity to pull hydrogen to itself then it should be only matter of time when it will acquire enough ...
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What would be the rate of acceleration from gravity in a hollow sphere?

Lets say the Earth is hollow and you are in the center of it (Same mass except all of it is on the outside like a beach ball) If you move slightly to one side now your distance is closer to that side ...
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Drift of Earth's orbit?

How much has Earth drifted (inwards or outwards) from its orbit about the sun? Or has Earth has not moved at all, compared to, say, 1000 years ago? 10,000 years ago?
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Protoplanet formation & Kessler Syndrome

In the early stages of the solarsystem rocks clumped together randomly until their gravity drew in more material which led to protoplanet formation. But how does the dust and do the rocks form bigger ...
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If I observe a planet because of reflected sun-light, how does the radiant flux vary with distance?

I wish to figure out how the flux of the sun's reflected light from a planet varies with distance, so assume an observer is on the sun, looking at a planet, and the light originating from the planet ...
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Planet Sized Generator

I have an interesting idea for an energy generator and I want to see what you think. Basically, you take a small planet and drill from one side to the other so it looks like a sphere intersected ...
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Do the outer gas planets radiate their mass?

We know that the sun experiences angular momentum loss, and radiates a portion of it's mass (though helicity is conserved). Can we say the same about massive Jupiter, or even Saturn, Uranus or ...
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What would happen if I were to fall into a massive hollow planet?

Imagine, if you will, there exists somewhere out there a supermassive planet. For some reason, this planet is only a shell of its former existence and all that is left is a crust of substantial size ...
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Could there be a dark matter planet? [duplicate]

Since dark matter is gravitationally "charged", by which I mean it has mass and attracts things, could it bunch together to form a planet?
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Saturn's Hexagon [duplicate]

I am currently trying to understand the formation or indeed the explanation as to why the hexagonal north polar vortex on Saturn is exactly that: Hexagonal. I understand that the most prominent ...
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Why Earth is not a cuboid? [duplicate]

There must be some scientific reasons for why earth is a spheroid but what are they? If Earth would be a cuboid, Would it matter?