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

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Calculating Gravity: Small scale vs Large scale

In some calculations I've ran, I've noticed that when the gravitational forces between individual particles are calculated and when the gravitational force between bodies are calculated there tend to ...
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How gravitation affects tides

I know that tide is caused by the gravitational pull of moon but what I don't know is how it affects water. I have actually these doubts. Why does gravity of the moon creates tides only in water? ...
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Best planets profile for a tattpp of the solar system [closed]

I want to get a tattoo of the solar system. The gap between the planets should not be preserved and the differences in sizes will only be symbolic. No sun, no icy rocks before Jupiter. I found the ...
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What influence has the distance of the moon on the height of the tides?

As the Moon recedes from the Earth, are the tides getting taller or shorter? If the Moon is, someday, twice as far from the Earth, how many high tides will be there be each day?
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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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Shapes of planets? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there was a general explanation as to why it is that all the planets we observe are roughly spherical, and never flat/planar like galaxies. Could there potentially be flat or ...
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Backyard experiments to falsify the Flat Earth theory [duplicate]

I recently became aware that the flat Earth theory still exists in the 21st century, and has colored the views of a friend of mine. Roughly speaking, the tenets are: The Earth is a flat disk, with ...
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A hollow planet [duplicate]

Consider a planet with the same mass and diameter as Earth, except that it is 1) perfectly spherical. 2) a hollow shell 1 meter thick, so the planet is almost like a massive ping-pong ball. ...
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Hypothetical binary planet of different size and mass, would they tend to have the same size and mass?

Imagine a binary planet where one of the planet is of the size and mass of Jupiter (planet A) while the other would be like the Earth's moon (planet B). Imagine that this system is extremely stable ...
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How can we see planets thousands of light years away but don't know if there are more planets in the solar system?

That is basically my question, it arose when I saw an article (here is the scientific paper, which should be free to read) saying two Caltech scientists might have found the 9th planet of the solar ...
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Orbit of a planet

Can a planet move around a star in an exact circle? Does Kepler's laws prevent this from happening. Answers with mathematical base will be accepted.
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How does Planet 9's perihelion and aphelion affect the Kuiper belt objects?

Assuming that the existence of Planet 9 is confirmed and it really exists, how does it affect the orbits of the Kuiper belt objects? My understanding is that the discovery came in part from the ...
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Nine Planets in the Solar System?

I just discovered that there is a Caltech team1 that suggests that there is "Evidence of a Ninth Planet": The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about $10$ times ...
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How do we know the temperature on the planets?

I was watching a show and they were saying that the temperature of Pluto (I know it is not a planet) is about -300 degrees. I know that depends where in the orbit Pluto is, but how do we determine ...
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Could the recent evidence of a gravitational force orbiting the solar system indicate not the existance of a ninth planet, but rather a black hole?

In case you haven't heard already, researches at the California Institute of Technology discovered mathematical evidence of large object orbiting the sun at a distance about 20 times further than that ...
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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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Toroidal Planets

I have read online in numerous places about the possible existence of toroidal planets, and I most people seem to believe that they could exist, but they also have no evidence to support this claim. I ...
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Tidal Bulge on Earth due to Line of Action [duplicate]

I am in an intro to Statics course, and we briefly went over why tidal bulges occurred due to vectors in the line of action between the earth and the moon. I am confused because I do not understand ...
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Why is Uranus's axis of rotation tilted?

The poles of Uranus are 'in the wrong place', why is this? historically, do we have any evidence of its past? also, do we have an understanding of how its rotational axis might be evolving?
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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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Can the average length of the day and night of a planet be different?

At one point in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", some agents are on a planet where the day, defined as the length of time where the sun shines on the planet, occurs only once every 18 years for a ...
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How are planets distributed in elliptical galaxies?

I'm trying to figure out if planets are equally distributed in galaxies (I'm assuming they aren't) or if there is some logic behind their distribution.
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Can we decrease the value of $g$ (gravitational pull) without gaining height? [closed]

The value of $g$ on earth surface is $9.8\ \text{m/s}^2$ and when we gain height, then the value of $g$ decreases. Pilots experience same phenomena in air, but can we decrease the value of $g$ by ...
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How is it possible that Thermosphere can maintain so much heat? [closed]

Thermosphere is the Layer of Atmosphere in approx 100-1000 km altitude. Particles in thermosphere are typically at 1400 K temperature. But the sun activity can raise the temperature up to 2300 K. ...
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How to determine the position of a planet in our solar system? [duplicate]

I am trying to modelize our galaxy with a simple program. I know how to find the period speed and acceleration of a satellite but I don't know how to get the angle and the current distance between ...
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What is the general relativity explanation for why objects at the center of the Earth are weightless?

The idea that as you move through the earth you get a symmetric cancelling of gravitational acceleration which approaches zero acceleration due to gravity at the center of the earth makes a lot of ...
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Angular Momentum and Kepler's Second Law

Let me preface by saying that I get the gist of the conservation of angular momentum, at least qualitatively. To better illustrate my question, I will consider the case of a planet orbiting a star. ...
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What is the critical mass of a planet to have an atmosphere like Earth's? [closed]

Small planets/orbits like Moon cannot have atmosphere because of their masses. They don't have enough gravity to hold an atmosphere. Then what is the critical mass that makes enough gravity to keep an ...
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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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How do molecules absorb heat?

How do molecules absorb and retain heat, and how is that heat able to still affect nearby molecules? On Venus there is a green-house effect where the large, dense Carbon-Dioxide atmosphere absorbs ...
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How did Kepler infer three-dimensional positions from Tycho Brahe's data?

This has bugged me for some time. Tycho Brahe's data on planetary observations, presumably, consisted of the direction in which a planet was observed at a given date and time, but not the distance to ...
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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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Orbital motion and likelihood of bodies colliding

An asteroid is in a highly eccentric elliptical orbit around the sun. The period of the asteroid's orbit is $90$ days. Which of the following statements is true about the possibility between a ...
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Why is the surface of Venus so hot?

Whenever I have seen Venus described, its high surface temperature is attributed to an intense greenhouse effect. This seems to make sense, as its atmosphere is roughly 96% CO2. But on Earth, the ...
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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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Is there any way to create a globe with gravitational or similar attractive force - earth simulator?

This may sound like a dumb question. Is there anyway to create a miniature version of earth or its gravitational force. A globe or sphere which have force inside it which can attract the things ...
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What would the collision between a (large) solid planet and a gas giant be like?

Assuming a Jupiter-like planet and an Earth-like planet (Except, say... half the mass of Jupiter), what would happen when the two collide? For clarification: What would the actual collision be like? ...
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How does rogue planet PSO J318.5-22 stay 800ºC?

According to this article, the rogue planet (meaning a planet which does not orbit a star) PSO J318.5-22 has a surface temperature of 800ºC and weather that features molten iron rain. Without a star ...
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Why aren't pictures of Pluto darker than those of other planets?

Just as the intensity of the light from a candle decreases with distance, I would expect the light from the sun to illuminate the distant planets less than the closer ones. However, the pictures of ...
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Why are the cores of planets melted?

We all know that the core of Earth is in liquid form, as are most other planets as recently read. Why is this the case? Obviously, high temperatures are the cause, but what causes the high ...
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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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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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How will hovercraft work on Mars?

The facts are: On Mars atmosphere pressure is way much lower than on Earth. To hover hovercraft blows air under itself to create air cushion. This air cushion as I understand must have enough ...
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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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Artificial planetary magnetic field

I wonder how difficult it is to create an artificial planetary magnetic field with generators? What power they would need? The question is inspired by thinking about possible colonization of ...
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Can a planet form before the parent star ignites?

I'm unable to find an answer to my questions via my searches. This questions pertains to the timeline of a star system creation. My question: During the creation of a star system, can satellite ...
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Mercury's rotation, Disturbation's caused by thermodynamics

Mercury rotates sychronized like two-stroke machine. As it's solar day is 2 mercurian years.(Orbital periods) Or should we say 3:2-stroke machine, as it's Orbital period is 87.969 Earthdays, and it's ...
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Rotational speed of a planet [closed]

Is there a way to calculate the rotational speed (or day length) of a planet? If not then what are the factors? I mean what affects the speed? Is it just the distance from Sun (like period of a ...
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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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How do the Planets and Sun get their initial spin?

How do the Planets and Sun get their initial rotation? Why do Venus and Mercury rotate so slowly compared to other planets? Why does Venus rotate in a different direction to Mercury, Earth and Mars? ...