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17. Suppose gravity of Earth suddenly becomes zero, then in which direction will the Moon begin to move if no other celestial body affects it?

17. Suppose gravity of Earth suddenly becomes zero, then in which direction will the Moon begin to move if no other celestial body affects it?

Grade:12th pass

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Pawan Prajapati
askIITians Faculty 8740 Points
9 months ago
If gravity of Earth suddenly becomes zero then Moon will begin to move a straight line in the direction in which it was moving at that instant. This straight line will be a tangent to the circular path. This change happens because the circular motion of the Moon is due to the centripetal force provided by the gravitational force of the Earth.

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