Speed of Gravity

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Speed of Gravity

Postby SsDd » Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:41 am

The lecture video is embedded below.

Additionally, slides used in the lecture are embedded below, or can also be downloaded directly from here.

Questions after the lecture? Please feel free to post them in the same thread.


Click to play embedded YouTube video.





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noiro

Re: Speed of Gravity

Postby noiro » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:30 am

so how fast do we feel the effects of gravity?

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Re: Speed of Gravity

Postby Chris Peterson » Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:00 am

noiro wrote:so how fast do we feel the effects of gravity?

The evidence is that gravity propagates at the speed of light. As to "how fast" you could feel something... well, basically anything feeling a gravitational force is already in the field. A time effect requires a change in the field, and that's not something that normally exists except at such a low level it's basically not detectable.
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Re: Speed of Gravity

Postby mpering » Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:21 am

So hypothetically, if Sol were to magically cease to exist, would we lose our circular orbit before we could see Sol disappear, or would it happen at the same time?

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Re: Speed of Gravity

Postby Chris Peterson » Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:38 am

mpering wrote:So hypothetically, if Sol were to magically cease to exist, would we lose our circular orbit before we could see Sol disappear, or would it happen at the same time?

Probably at the same time. Possibly after. Definitely not before.
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