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Questions tagged [gravity]

For questions about the universal accelerative force between all objects.

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Designing vehicles for different gravities

In my story, humans have colonized both a high-G and a low-G world in the same star system. How would surface vehicles have to be designed differently for practicality and economy on each of those ...
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Can magnetism be what causes my flat Earth to accelerate?

It has been determined by observation of the stars that the gravity on Flat Earth is due to it accelerating upwards at 1G. This is what holds people and objects to the surface. It has also been ...
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Gravitational anomaly (Mascons) creating water-hills

A scenario in the far future -- The moon has been successfully terraformed. All problems have been worked-out, from flinging volatiles into collision course with the moon, up to creating and retaining ...
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Can I arrange my stars in a tetrahedron?

Inspired by this question: Consider a trinary star system, in which the three stars are arranged in an xy plane and all revolving the same direction, equidistant from each other. The inward pull of ...
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What is the natural shape of the atmosphere on a Niven ringworld?

Assuming the atmosphere on a Niven ringworld is retained by gravity, what shape would it be? Full details of Ringworld http://larryniven.wikia.com/wiki/Ringworld As I understand it, Niven proposed ...
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What Muscles in the Human Body Could Produce a Flight Stroke?

I have an idea for a story where humans on a low g planet with a dense atmosphere wear artificial wings to fly. I know that muscles they would use to produce a flight stroke would be in the upper body,...
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Planetary cave: Gravity inside a non-concentric shell

There are several previous questions concerning concentric shells. I won't reference them here because this is different. I understand that there is no gravitational effect inside a concentric shell*....
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Scale model solar system in interstellar space - will it work?

Now that FTL travel is here there are all sorts of family outings we can go on. One of these is a scale model solar system lovingly made by hobbyist Barty Slartfast. In full scale Sedna is three ...
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Planet Blob - variable gravity

On the planet Blob there is an unusual phenomenon. It is known to emanate from the planet's core but 2018-level scientists have no understanding of it. The phenomenon Gravity isn't constant. It ...
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Human Shoulder Motion & Powered Flight

I have an idea for a story where human live on world with low gravity and a dense atmosphere. These humans have developed artificial wings that are attached to their arms so they can fly. Since the ...
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Moon take off without rockets

Take-off in a craft with rockets allows a gentle acceleration that doesn't kill the occupants. Given that the Moon has no atmosphere: Is there any current technology that would allow safe takeoff ...
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Airships in a world with 1/3 gravity but 3 times the mass of atmosphere?

In the first question I posted here on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, I asked if lifting gas would be more effective on a world with 1/3 of Earths gravity but with the same atmospheric composition as ...
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If an alien had evolved on a planet with 10 times Earth's gravity, how far into Earth's Ocean could they dive?

Let's assume that this hypothetical alien crawled out of the identical primordial ooze to the point where they share significant genetic similarity with humans, and due to either evolution or outside ...
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Would it ever be possible for humans to adapt to Jupiter's gravity?

If humans could travel to Jupiter, what ways would we have to adapt to the high levels of gravity? Would your blood flow to your legs and kill you from lack of oxygen in the brain? Would you get ...
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Reduced gravity on surface of planet

This is a simple question, hopefully not broad. My colonizing company wants to put little habitats on the surface of a planet with more gravity (2.0G) than earth. Is there a way to reduce gravity ...
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Could You Create a Stasis Field to Negate the Effects of Gravity [closed]

So I've been thinking about Stasis Fields lately, and wondering if there would be any way to create a Stasis Field that would prevent a person or object from feeling the effects of gravity from high-...
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Creating flying cities

Writing about suspended cities within a planet's atmosphere! The story itself focuses on the air forces that fight for each of the hundreds of floating city states living in the sky, but that's here ...
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Could the TRAPPIST-1 planets have moons?

The TRAPPIST-1 planets are all very close to each other and thus are subjected to strong gravitational forces amongst each other and to the red dwarf they're orbiting. Would it be possible for them to ...
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How does the n-body-problem affect a star system around a red dwarf?

So my story is set in the TRAPPIST-1-system and a rogue planet enters the system. When it's still far off, a scientist discovers that one of the numbers is slightly off. (She has some tables that ...
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Lifting Gas in a world with 1/3 of earth's gravity

As many of us probably know airships were one of the great forms of transportation in the 20th century but a great hindrance to their development was weight. In a world I am currently constructing the ...
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Big and fast rogue planet

There is a big, very big planet that is travelling fast, very fast. It’s a rogue planet (not attached to a star system). It’s going to pass close, very close to the earth. The earth is probably going ...
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Building muscle in high G to be stronger in normal gravity levels?

In micro-gravity and zero G, people's muscles deteriorate. If you sent a set of already very physically fit soldiers to train/live on a high gravity planet, would they perform better than other ...
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Can a collision with a neutron star make a planet via the can-o-snakes method?

Simplistically, a neutron star is a celestial body with enormous mass crushed into a small volume. That crushing force is gravity and the result, one might think, is atoms packed much more closely ...
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Are there any plausible 'alternative' methods of planetary formation?

The selected answer on this question provides an extremely good, and detailed, description of what is generally accepted to be the main (only?) way a terrestrial planet can form, i.e. through ...
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Can the Sun lose enough mass that Saturn's current velocity becomes escape velocity?

Imagine that, through some cosmic phenomena not yet understood, the Sun 'burps' and ejects a vast amount of its mass into the cosmic void. A huge coronal discharge, perhaps. A pressure bubble inside ...
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Is there software to help me model tides?

I have a planet orbiting a roughly Sun-like star, accompanied by a moon that's a bit more massive than our own Moon. The surface is about two-thirds water and one-third land, with most of the land in ...
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A balloon that can float to space [closed]

I’ve heard there are materials that can withstand the image sort of the earth’s atmosphere, such as carbon nanotubes and Kevlar. Supposedly, a perfectly constructed bridge of such material could be ...
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Given the mass and composition of a planet, can one determine what the radius should be?

I'm trying to auto-generate random solar systems, and I'm basically just allocating 2% of the total system mass to planets (and moons). It provides interesting results, I always have a few gas giants, ...
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Would weights in clothing be an adequate way to compensate for low gravity?

Would heavier clothing solve the problem of bone and muscle loss in Martian gravity? It doesn't have to be a perfect solution, I just don't want my Martian colonists to be total wimps compared to ...
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Are there currents in space? Space flotsam?

You know how there are some beaches in the world where tons of sea glass or other random sea trash washes up, just because the currents and the shape of the land naturally collects it all there? I was ...
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Aritifical Gravity through Rotating wheel generalisation in a spatial 4th dimension

I'm taking the example of a rotating wheel space station, in which artificial gravity is created through rotation due to the inertia inside. The idea in the 3D environment is that the wheel (2D) is ...
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Earth-like planet which is smaller but has the same gravity

If there were a planet similar to earth where the lines of latitude and longitude were half as far apart (about 35 miles instead of about 70), but the planet's density were increased to compensate for ...
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A sudden decrease of gravity on Earth [closed]

I have an idea about a story where gravity suddenly changed and became about 10-20% weaker (lower). Humanity now needs to adapt to the new situation. What disasters and catastrophes would this sudden ...
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How could you tell if someone was messing around with your gravity?

I'm working on a story involving first contact with an alien species that bases their space travel on directly manipulating gravity fields. My question is not about how that would work, but rather how ...
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Largest artificial planet

How large could a solid planet be (in theory) without becoming a star or black hole? Too much in the way of light elements would lead to thermonuclear ignition, but too many heavy elements would ...
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Making a 180 degree turn around a star

For a book under construction, I need a starship to make a 180 degree turn rather quickly. Give him sub-light speed in a star system (no relativistic effects) and on a path to the system primary. I ...
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Gravity being weaponized for its time altering properties

Physics isn't my strong suite, but I'm trying to understand if something could be theoretically possible in some highly advanced future: Would it be possible for an advanced civilization to invent a ...
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Plausible hypothesis on why gravity might fail on earth

I've been grappling with a story for a while, involving a scenario where gravity starts to fail. The goal of the story is mostly how people react to the knowledge that the world will end. But, I also ...
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Alternative to gravity inside a Dyson Sphere?

On the inside of a Dyson sphere there is effectively no gravity. Is there an alternative method to keep people on the inside surface from floating around? I know it could spin and that would keep ...
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Simulating gravity in a gravity-less universe

In my fantasy universe, there is a disc-shaped world that has a flat surface that has roughly the same atmosphere as Earth (see this); the atmosphere moves along with the world. There is no gravity in ...
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Conditional deniability of a natural asteroid belt with an atmosphere?

Is it unreasonable to suspend one's disbelief that an asteroid belt naturally formed with enough mass distributed through the belt to justify the formation of a belt-wide atmosphere given the ...
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Is it possible for humanoid life to develop on a 1.4 G planet?

I'm writing a JRPG-inspired novel set on a planet with 1.7 Earth masses and 1.4 Gs, but is it possible for life to even develop on such a high-gravity planet in the first place? I tried scouring the ...
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What should the size of my moons be?

(Not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this but hopefully I'm right!) I'm writing a novel and the planet this novel takes place on has two, twin moons of approximately the same size. ...
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Effect of 1.5g (Induced hypertension health effects?)

On this planet, gravity faces many fluctuations, but humans spend most of the time in 1.4-1.5 gravity. During these periods (usually lasting about 5-7 days) I was thinking I'd have them increase salt ...
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Would lower gravity lead to earlier spaceflight?

This is in regards to the Tyranny of Rocket Fuel. Summed up: Heavier ships need more fuel which makes them heavier, etc. You end up with diminishing returns. This is compounded by higher gravity - ...
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What would happen to the Moon if it was lowered onto the Earth?

An absolute madman of a scientist tractors the Moon from it's orbit, and carefully lowers it through the Earth's atmosphere and gently brings it to rest upon the Earth's surface. There is no reentry, ...
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What are the effects of slicing the Earth in half with a particle beam?

Scenario: An exact copy of our world is sliced in half by a particle beam. The beam has a diameter of 40 meters and moves at a speed of 0.999c. The beam slices the earth from top to bottom in 600 ...
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Magic: Reality check of effects of mass-altering magic

I'm looking into magic systems for my fantasy world, and among other things, I want to make sure that I have the effects right. One such magic system allows the user to create a small 'bubble' of ...
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Reality Check: Planet with low gravity and water vapour

Using Artefaxian's excellent spreadsheet I have created a basic idea for my planet, but in the 'Stability Checker' part my low gravity planet is unable to hold H2O. I am wondering if it is possible ...
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5km artificial planet, with same gravity as on Earth

So, the idea in a story is that in far far future there’s a trend that rich people, they are able to buy themselves planets. Tiny little planets with sizes 4-6 km (3-4 miles) in diameter. The company ...