gravitational attraction


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Noun1.gravitational attraction - (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universegravitational attraction - (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface; "the more remote the body the less the gravity"; "the gravitation between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them"; "gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"--Albert Einstein
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
attraction, attractive force - the force by which one object attracts another
solar gravity - the gravity of the sun; "solar gravity creates extreme pressures and temperatures"
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As far as I know, the stars in this field aren't physically related, beyond the mutual gravitational attraction that we all share.
These slight matter fluctuations evolved over cosmic time because of the mutual gravitational attraction of matter, and eventually the large scale structure of the present day Universe become visible.
As a collision-generated moon adjusts to a more stable orbit, mutual gravitational attraction causes the interiors of the parent world and its new moon to repeatedly stretch and relax, generating friction that releases heat in a process known as tidal heating," NASA explained in (https://www.
We accept that gravitational attraction forces are influenced by dark matter and the local density of dark matter will vary with the local mass variations of the earth.
The gravitational attraction of the sun on the moon is twice that of the Earth," he wrote.
When the GRAIL space probe flew over the alleged lava tube -- which if hollow, would be less dense -- it detected a decrease in gravitational attraction compatible with the presence of an underground cavity.
Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of the giant planets in our solar system into orbits that allow them to enter Earth's neighborhood.
Connoisseurs of watchmaking know that the tourbillon, in a vertical position, uses the rotation of the cage in a given time to shield the balance from the influence of the gravitational attraction of the Earth.
There are many examples of double stars where one massive star draws material from a nearby and smaller star through superior gravitational attraction.
The gravitational attraction between the two changes the asteroid's velocity very slowly.
As gaseous matter is attracted towards the event horizon by the black hole's gravitational attraction, strong radio emission is produced before the gas disappears.
Later it was shown that the gravitational attraction of Table Mountain and the Piketberg had affected his latitude measurements].