the force on parts of a extended body in a non-uniform gravitational field due to residual of the gravitational attraction between the overall effect on the body and the expected effect on the point in question. Tidal forces are most notably in large moons orbiting near their primaries.

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How does Torque from tidal forces scale with distance

I read in a paper a while back that the torque on a body caused by differential rotation and tidal forces scaled with distance to the power of 6. That struck me as odd since the tidal force scales ...
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Where does gravity get it's energy to cause tides? [duplicate]

The moon's orbital radius is fixed as a function of its velocity (I know it is actually drifting..). Since there is nothing in space to resist this velocity, it will continue orbiting "forever". Now ...
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Would a celestial body in a horseshoe orbit be tidally locked to the planet?

A smaller celestial body like a moon or an asteroid can be in a horseshoe orbit around a planet. Since it might go inside the tidal lock radius (but does not stay inside it all the time), during the ...
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Are tides just very very very weak spaghettification?

I was wondering as to why there are two tidal bulges instead of just one on Earth, and then I saw this diagram: The oval shape that the Earth's water is transformed into in this image reminded me of ...
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If water is essentially incompressible, why are there tides?

So recently we were taught in school that tides are formed because the moon 'cancels out' some of the earth's gravity, and so the water rises because of the weaker force. But if water is not ...
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Measuring tides in a swimming pool

The tidal range of a perfectly fluid inertialess ocean on the Earth (taking into account lunar tides only) is approximately half a metre: this is the range between "high" and "low" points of an ...
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Why do some location on Earth have only one tidal maximum per day instead of two?

Most places in the ocean have two high tides and two low tides per "day" (~25 hours). But I remember reading that some locations only have one of each per day. This answer has some great explanations ...
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Does a ball bearing cause bigger tides than the moon?

As per the answer to this question it is suggested the relative tidal pull of objects of equal angular area is equal to their relative density. Which lead me to the click-baity question: Does a ball ...
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What factors will make Earth re-rotate again if it stopped? [closed]

"What will happen if Earth stopped rotating?" have been answered multiple times with a lot of informative and interesting answers. Continuing this hypothetical question, I have another one in mind. ...
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What does “transfer” of angular momentum mean?

The Moon’s gravity produces tidal deformations or “bulges” in the Earth. Because of the Earth’s rotation, the line that goes through the bulges is not aligned with the line between the Earth and the ...
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Stress-Energy Content

I think that the Einstein Field Equation relates the pseudo metric to the the distribution of matter-energy as represented by the stress-energy tensor. Are the stress entries in the stress-energy ...
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Tidal effect on pressure at sea floor

The tidal movement of water is explained by the gravitational changes due to the movement of earth, sun and moon. So simply thought, sea water climbs higher in areas where the sum gravitation is ...
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Tidal heating of body

I am trying to make a plausible, though not necessarily accurate model of tidal heating of a body moving close by a gravitational attractor, not necessarily in orbit and not considering the spin of ...
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Could a black hole maintain a stable orbit around the Earth?

Could a rotating Black Hole of mass $1.24\times 10^{10}$ kg maintain a stable orbit around Earth, without significantly altering the path of the Earth or Moon? In addition to this, would the presence ...
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How far has Earth moved from its birth orbit?

It says earth is almost as old as 1/3 of the universe's age which would mean 4.5 billion years . So how far has earth moved towards or away from the sun in these 4.5 billion years? Now perfect ...
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Which force transfers angular momentum in tidal locking?

The moon is in tidal lock with the earth, but a long time ago it was not. As the moon became tidally locked with the earth, its angular momentum changed and the delta went into it's orbit and possibly ...
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How does acceleration feel compared to gravitational pull?

I was debating a variation of this Phys.SE question with a friend. The original question is: "If you had your eyes closed, could you distinguish between standing still on earth and being in a ...
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What effect does the Moon and Sun have on gravity? [duplicate]

I know that every object has a gravitational pull regardless of how far or how small it is. It's just that generally this force is negligible. Does the force produced by the sun and moon have any non-...
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Spaghettification on an atomic scale?

Spaghettification occurs when an object approaches a singularity. As one comes close enough to the singularity, the gravity at the feet (if this is a human) is greater than that at the head, ...
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Is it possible to tidally lock a neutron star?

As I know, neutron stars are almost perfect sphere and no net moments, does it mean it is not possible to tidally lock it?
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Would a non-rotating Earth collapse on the Sun?

If the earth stopped rotating on its axis, would this influence its revolution motion? In particular, could it collapse on the sun? I ask this because on the one hand I thought the two degrees of ...
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Will the Earth ever show synchronous rotation? Why and when?

In this answer to the question "why does the moon have the same rotation and revolution periods?", we read: The mass and speed of rotation of the Earth influence the moon in that some of its ...
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Would this be a practical way to convert tidal energy into electrical energy?

Imagine a structure that is held above the water by pylons that are grounded on the ocean floor. In between these pylons is a pontoon that, when tides are rising holds and lifts a heavy weight. When ...
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Can an observer know what is the source of gravity?

There's an observer in a closed room without windows under an influence of gravity force. Can he determine what is the source of gravity - whether it's a spinning motion, acceleration or huge mass ...
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Short of collision, can gravity itself kill you?

Imagine that you are falling into object with huge gravity (i.e. black hole) that does not have any atmosphere. The question is - before you hit the ground, can the gravity itself (which would be ...
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By which factors are tides and waves affected?

To my understanding, the tides and waves on Earth's oceans are caused by various factors such as the moon's gravity, the water cycle (rains, storms, evaporation), Earth's rotation, etc. Although the ...
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Is the polarization of light changed by gravity?

The Gravitational_redshift shows, that the wavelength of light gets altered in a gravitational field. But what about polarization of light? I imagine that e.g. by tidal forces circular polarized light ...
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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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Gravitational waves, tides and the end of universe

Is tides proof of gravitational waves with low frequency? According to Wikipedia, In physics, gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of space-time which propagate as waves, travelling ...
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How much microgravity is there on ISS due to tidal forces? [closed]

I used the equation for the tidal force: $$ F = \frac{2GMd}{r^3} $$ where $M$ is the mass of the Earth ($5.972 \times 10^{24}$ kg), $d$ is half the length of ISS ($50$ m), $r$ distance from center ...
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How big bang could produce later collisions

The Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies are supposed to "collide" in 4 billion years (collide in the sense of overlapping space, but nothing is really supposed to contact anything else). Assuming: ...
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Why do tidal forces not violate conservation of energy? [duplicate]

Europa is an example of a satellite which is heated by tidal forces. The orbit is constant, so how is energy conserved on Europa?
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Distortion of body in Schwarzschild black hole

Suppose I toss a cloud of matter into a Schwarzschild black hole; for the sake of argument, have it be timelike dust. As we know, the dust is "spaghettified" by tidal forces: simultaneously compressed ...
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Is there a point at which spaghettification is highest?

I've read anything getting close to a regular black hole would experience spaghettification but not when you get close to super-massive black hole. Is there a point of "peak spaghettification" where ...
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Atmospheric Tides effect on atmospheric pressure

Regarding the atmospheric tides effect on the pressure, this answer (and the referenced sources) seem to point that such effect is very small. However, this pressure prediction graph for my hometown ...
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If the Moon had a large piece blown out would it remain tidally locked?

I just saw this video on Sonic Adventure 2 trivia where it's mentioned that part of the Moon was blown up but in later games it's whole. It was explained away as the Moon simply rotating to show the ...
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Will this rope break due to the tidal forces or not?

While I was thinking about how tidal forces can make objects float at the surface of a planet orbiting a massive object like a black hole, the fact that any material on the Earth isn't held together ...
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Evidence of possible tidal effects close to a gravitational wave emitting system

Currently we are attempting to detect gravitational wave emissions using the LIGO gravitational wave detection system (and similiar systems), by attempting to detect very weak gravitational waves ...
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Can tidal forces significantly alter the orbits of satellites?

I would assume that there are other larger, more significant, forces acting on artificial satellites, but can tidal forces drastically alter the orbit of a satellite over time? I was thinking this ...
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Can a natural satellite have a synchronous orbit?

I was thinking about space-elevators and large masses being put into geosynchronous orbit, when I considered the possibility of a natural satellite being in a synchronous orbit. I did a little digging ...
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Will the Earth's rotation someday be synchronized with its revolution around the Sun?

When will the earth act like the moon with regard to one side of the moon always facing the earth. Will the earth one day get locked in a rotational orbit that has one side of the planet facing the ...
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How far inside a white dwarf Roche limit does the Earth have to be to start losing large chunks of rocks?

I have calculated that for a one solar mass white dwarf orbited by the Earth, the Roche limit is about 600,000 kilometers. I understand that any loose mass on the surface of the Earth would start ...
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Why does Moon always poses the same face towards Earth?

If both Earth and Moon are rotating as well as revolving around some focus, shouldn't they have drifted out of phase with each other long ago? So, why do we always see the same side always?
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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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Why don't lakes have tides?

There's a tidal effect that we can clearly observe in oceans, which is the effect of gravity from the Sun and the Moon. If gravity affects everything equally, why don't lakes have tides?
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Are there tides in the atmosphere?

Analogous to the tides of Earths oceans, do the Moon and Sun cause our atmosphere to bulge in what could be described as a low and high tide?
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How are tidal gravity and curvature related?

I see tidal gravity mentioned in the literature sometimes, and sometimes people even say something like that is the “real gravity”. I am confused about the significance of tidal gravity, and what ...
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How to calculate tide times?

How do I calculate the time of the tides at a given location? I'm not interested in the amplitude of the tides, just the times when they occur.
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Do I weigh less during high tide? [duplicate]

Given weight = mass * gravity do I weight less during high tide and more when tide recedes? My guess is weight = mass * gravity * gravitational pull of moon factor
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Tidal forces in 3d space [closed]

I'm trying to build a representation of the Tidal Forces of Earth using WebGL. The image i'm using as reference is this one: I could achieve good results, for my purpose, on the XY, YZ and XZ ...