This fascinating video shows how fast a ball drops on the sun, the moon, and planets

Originally published at: This fascinating video shows how fast a ball drops on the sun, the moon, and planets | Boing Boing

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Looks like somebody “dropped the ball”.

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All I heard was Uranus.

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If you dropped a ball into Uranus, you should probably get to the ER ASAP.

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Roger That! Do not underestimate the gravity of the situation!

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Another way to visualize relative force of gravity:

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I was amazed that the surface gravity of the sun is only 28x that of Earth. I would have guessed 1 million times or something ridiculous like that before finding out the truth (which I looked up because of the movie Gorath about a planet with 6,000x earth’s gravitational pull, see recent BoingBoing entry)

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So do the figures suggest I can reach escape velocity on Ceres in my 80’s Corolla?

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Alas no. You’d have to reach over 1000mph, so I’m afraid Ceres isn’t a good place to park your Toyota.