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Dec
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comment Is it possible for the planets to align?
BUT PLUTO'S NOT A PLANET! ;-) Poor Pluto. We miss you.
Dec
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comment Is it possible for the planets to align?
Check this out: physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=417310 , specifically the answers by member "mikelepore".
Dec
13
comment Is it possible for the planets to align?
Some of the planes are "tilted", but in general they share roughly the same plane. This makes sense to me, because planets which orbit different planes would always see some degree of attraction between each other. Although minuscule compared to their attraction towards the Sun, this attraction would be non-uniform, always tending ever-so-slightly to the plane of their neighbors'. Over billions of years, maybe this attracts them all towards the same plane? (p.s. I'm a computer programmer, not an astrophysicist. So I might be WAY off. Like ASTRONOMICALLY off! haha GET it??) :-)
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accepted Where does the lost energy go in a rubber band powering a rotating shaft?
Sep
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comment Where does the lost energy go in a rubber band powering a rotating shaft?
Thanks for the awesome answer!
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Sep
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comment Where does the lost energy go in a rubber band powering a rotating shaft?
Hmmm, that's very interesting. Thanks for taking the time to answer! How about if we remove the propellers, then, and just have the shafts? I think the rest still stands (shaft A would finish quicker; shaft B would take longer and end up hotter), and the surface friction of the air on the shafts would be negligible, I think. Thanks again!
Sep
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asked Where does the lost energy go in a rubber band powering a rotating shaft?