• Question: can gravity be produced at any planet ? or can gravity be produced on any specific object?

    Asked by nishamaliknm to Betul, Bridget, Ceri-Wyn, Laurel, Maria on 24 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Laurel Fogarty answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      Gravity is one of the 4 fundamental fundamental forces and it is the force that attracts objects with mass to each other. Everything has gravity but we will only feel the effects of really big things like planets and stars.

      Gravity is a force like the force of a magnet, it is not really produced- its just there! There is a lot of research going on to find out how and why it is there. This is a topic that has kept some of the best scientists busy for centuries- Galileo, Newton and Einstein all worked on this problem.

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      Bridget Waller answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      Yes, gravity results from any body of mass – one of the fundamental laws of nature!

    • Photo: Ceri-Wyn Thomas

      Ceri-Wyn Thomas answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      Any object that has mass will be able to exert a gravitational pull on another object. Every planet will therefore exert a gravitational attraction on other bodies. Gravity is one of the fundamental laws of the universe so it’s pretty inescapable!

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      Betul Arslan answered on 24 Jun 2010:

      There may be no gravity in space but there is a gravitational force between the planets. The satellites of NASA stay in orbit but that does not mean that they stay ‘put’. They move, in a line (like moon orbiting around the earth) and similarly they do have a gravitational force. (This is the answer to your second question in comment section, hope it helps!)