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Speed of Gravity

Why hasn’t anyone measured the speed of gravity yet?

As in, how long does it take for the gravitational field of a mass to affect another mass?

Musaddiq Sajjad asked.


Gravitational Lensing in Galaxy Cluster Abell 37

Who said that speed of gravity waves is not measured?

Please go through the links below and you ca get details,

Passenger in a moving train

A passenger in a moving train tossed a coin which falls behind him .State the type of motion of the train ?


The train is in accelerated motion.



If the train were moving with uniform velocity, the coin would fall back to the passenger’s hand (This is due to the inertia of motion of the coin. When it was thrown ‘vertically’ up, it had the same horizontal velocity as that of the train. Therefore, it will move alongwith the train and fall back to the thrower’s hand)

If the train is accelerated, the horizontal velocity of the train would be more than that of the coin (which remains constant through out its flight) by the time the coin returns. Therefore, the train travels a greater horizontal distance than the coin and the coin falls behind the passenger.

Gravity and something more

Jihin Asked:

Some Things That I Have Always Wondered OF : (i hope it may be answered soon …)
1)is it possible that our human body can withstand pressures twice or more than the atmospheric pressure without a suite or is there any artificial instruments or means in which our heart can be made to pump into a level in which we can attain this ability !!!
2)when more gravity  is experienced , it is said that time travels slowly – is it  relative ??? caz time goes at a constant rate !!! it is only the position or view that makes the observer feel the situations ???
3) Is there any gravity chambers successfully made out … in which the gravity can be changed accordingly to observe diff. phenomena ??? Cant It be possible to do that ????


To be posted soon.

However, I agree that I may not be able to give you a satisfying answer to all your queries, as “Science says the first word of everything and the last word of nothing.” We are learning new things everyday. When we explore more and more, we find that we know less and less and our knowledge is too meagre.

By the time I prepare a well fitting answer to this, visitors are also requested to respond to the question by posting answers and comments.

Form of Kepler’s in a different universe!

Mukta asked:

“imagine a planetary system in which gravitational force varied as 1/r instead of 1/r2 .what relation would correspond to KEPLER’S THIRD LAW (SQUARE OF TIME PERIOD / CUBE OF SEMI MAJOR AXIS.?”


If the gravitational force varied as 1/r instead of 1/r2 , then Kepler’s Law of periods would have to be modified accordingly and it would give T proportional to r.

A question from Gravitation.

Prince Patel Asked:

“Sun have high gravitational energy ,then why planets of solar system doesn’t colloid with sun?”


“The planets are moving around the sun and the gravitational force is used in providing the necessary centripetal force (The force required by a body to move in a circular path). As long as the planets are in motion, they will not move towards the sun. A similar explanation hold good for moon going around earth also.”


Devna asked.

find the potential at A ….a prson brings a mass of 1 kg from infinity to the pt A .initially the mass was at rest but it moves at a speed of 2 m/sas it reches A .the work done by person on mass is -3 J

Weight and inertia on moon

Say True or False; An object on the Moon weights 1/6 of what it weights on the Earth. Therefore, the object has less inertia on the Moon.( Justify your answer)

Answer: The statement is false.

Inertia depends on mass and not on weight. The weight on moon is less not because of a decrease in mass, but due to the decrease in the acceleration due to gravity on the surface of moon.

Inertia depends on mass and there is no change in mass when a body is taken to moon. Therefore the inertia of a body is same on moon as that on earth or anywhere else in the universe, even in a gravity free space.

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