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

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Correlation between speed, distance, mass, etc between a planet and a star (or moon and planet)?

While playing around with some little scripts, generating solar systems, I started to wonder about the correlation between the different objects. Up until now, distance, mass, size and speed are ...
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If the gravity at the center of the Earth is zero, why are heavy elements like iron there?

If gravity is zero at the center of the earth, why is there a core of heavy elements, such as iron? Alternate question for the opposite hypothesis: If gravity is greatest at the center of the ...
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Will Neptune change Pluto's orbit some day?

My seven-year-old son loves astronomy-- so much so that we read space books before bed time. One of our books talks about Pluto's orbit crossing over Neptune's orbit and will be (or is) closer to the ...
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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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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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Would you be weightless at the center of the Earth?

If you could travel to the center of the Earth (or any planet), would you be weightless there?
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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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Why don't planets have Circular orbits?

This might be a completely wrong question, but this is bothering me since many days ago. Given the mass (Sun) curves the space around it, gravitation is the result of such curved space (Correct me if ...
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Atmospheric escape of gas molecules

Most of the objects in space are likely to have an atmosphere. Since space is void, the gases in atmosphere should have either dissolved or emptied into space. But, some of the objects still seem 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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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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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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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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Why do the storms of Jupiter have long life unlike that of Earth?

Recently I saw How the Universe Works. In one of the episodes, concerning Jupiter, they told that the storms on Jupiter can survive many, many, times longer than those on Earth. What is the reason ...
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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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Is the planet Mesklin as described in Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity correct?

The book Mission of Gravity describes a planet with a mass of 16 times Jupiter spinning at a rate of one revolution every 17.75 minutes. This causes it to stretch out into an oblate spheroid and has ...
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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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Falling into Saturn or Jupiter, would we pass through it until we hit the nucleus?

If we fall into Saturn or Jupiter, would we pass through it until we hit the nucleus? Or would we hit the surface and stop there?
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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?
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How do we find the cone angles of the conic sections that are the Newtonian orbits?

In planetary motion, when the eccentricity of a conic section and its semi-latus rectum are known, how do we find out the cone's semi-vertical angle and angle of cutting of the cone by plane?
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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 ...
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Why is Earth's gravitational pull only at its center?

Why is Earth's gravitational pull only at its center? Does acceleration due to gravity remain constant wherever I go in and on the Earth?
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Are there any solar systems without a sun?

1) Are we able to study any other solar systems, that once contained a sun the size of our own... that has since died, or gone Red Giant, the way it is predicted our sun will die? 2) If we have been ...
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Variation on the “Hole through the Earth” problem

In the news recently was the announcement that the answer to the classic Newtonian mechanics question of the time it takes for a body to fall all the way through the Earth was corrected to account for ...
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Does a tidally locked planet have seasons?

Could a tidally locked planet have seasons? According to my understanding, a tidally locked planet rotates around itself exactly once per rotation around its sun. However, if the axis of rotation of ...
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How much water is needed for Saturn to float in?

Saturn floats because it's density is less than that of water. Just how much water would be needed? Assume a cuboid tank holding it. And when we actually put saturn in that water, how far in the ...
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Why isn't $g$ larger on the equator? [duplicate]

I understand that at the equator, you will have maximum centripetal force acting on you, whereas if you're standing directly on the pole you will have none. But because centripetal is a resultant ...
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Largest size of a low gravity, Earth-like planet with Volcanoes and Earthquakes?

Provided that the Solar System consists only of Sol, a planet, and the planet's moon.... How large can my planet be so that it has low enough gravity that teenage human girls trained for jumping, are ...
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Is it possible for a planet to be “axially locked”?

What I mean is, can a planet orbiting its sun have a fixed rotational axis relative to the sun ie in the case of earth the tilt is like this /........(sun)......./. as it goes around the sun. ...
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Why are planets in unstable equilibrium in a stable orbit

It is well known that a planet in stable orbit is in unstable equilibrium. If e.g. the moon was just a few m/s slower in velocity, or a few m closer to the earth than it is, the gravity would ...
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What should we do If we wanted to increase the angular velocity of a planet? [duplicate]

We could hit it with really fast objects, but could we manipulate the orbit of a large satellite to speed up its rotation? What would be the easiest way?
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Is it possible to prove that planets should be approximately spherical using the calculus of variations?

Is it possible to use the Lagrangian formalism involving physical terms to answer the question of why all planets are approximately spherical? Lets assume that a planet is 'born' when lots of ...
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Explaining why planets are round [duplicate]

is it possible to prove that planets (and/or stars) are always round (elliptical if you consider the spin)? Is there a set of equation that demonstrate that fluids (after all, molten rocks "floating" ...
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Could there be a body of water the size of a planet?

My friend and I were reading the news of the discovery of a black hole spewing huge amounts of water vapor into space, and it got us thinking: could there be a blob of liquid water in space the size ...
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Inclination of planets

What is the inclination of each planet with the equator of the Sun? Doesn't this have a relationship with the eccentricity of the planet's orbit?
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Does spacetime have symmetric curvature around an object? If yes, then why do planets revolve around the Sun in elliptical orbits?

Does spacetime have symmetric curvature around an object? If yes, then why do planets revolve around the Sun in elliptical (as opposed to circular) orbits?
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The stronger the gravity, the faster an object will fall? [closed]

On a planet with gravitation ten times stronger than that of Earth's, will an object fall faster? Let's suppose that there are two planets; Roddo and Earth, respectively. Roddo has ten times the ...
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Why does the Moon face Earth with the same side?

I know that the rotation period of the moon equals its revolution period. It's just so astonishing that these 2 values have such a small difference. I mean, what is the probability of these 2 values ...
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How do you calculate density if you also account for gravity?

Consider this. I have an Earth-sized quantity of water that I throw into space. Naturally, it will assume the shape of a ball. Now hear me out. Density's definition generally assumes that it will ...
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How does the Earth rotate, given that the torque acting on it while revolving is zero?

I've come to understand that the torque acting on the Earth while revolving the Earth is zero. Torque is the force responsible for rotation of a body. So how does the Earth rotate?
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How dense and compact would Kepler-5b need to be to become a black hole

How dense and compact does Kepler-5b need to be to become a black hole ?
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How can a gas giant be about the same size but six times more massive than Jupiter?

I've just read this article: http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-kepler-432b-new-super-jupiter-exoplanet-02490.html And I wondered how this could be possible? Maybe it's because this gas giant ...