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What kind of path would the planets follow if suddenly their attraction to the sun no longer existed?


Question asked by: mcompton

Asked on: 12 Jan 2010

If the planets were not attracted to the sun anymore then this would mean that force of gravity had stopped existing.

Then in this case there would be no force acting on them and therefore Newton's laws would apply which would mean it would keep on moving in the way of its last movement until some other force acted on it. If gravity from other objects still influenced the planets then no doubt they would have quite an erratic movement.

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Replied at: 12 Jan 2010
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