Why Do Planets Circle the Sun?

The answer to the above titled question resides in acknowledging the fact the powerful gravitational force, a fundamental universal force, exerted by the sun keeps all the plants in their respective orbits. This ushers into further questioning in that why don’t these moving objects collapse into the sun head on and the entire universe annihilate in a fraction of the fraction of second. Why do these planets essentially follow elliptical trajectories?

The heavenly bodies or any massive object in view of its natural inertia is supposed to travel in a linear way but it is the y-component of the pull that is forcing the tangent-making object constantly in the trajectory.

Planets Why Do Planets Circle the Sun?

The phenomenon of an elliptical motion can best be explained with the help of an imaginative person with extraordinary powers standing at a high point on earth. Suppose that he throws the ball at such a high speed that it crosses the horizon. Notice that before the ball that had gone too far returns the point of earth from where the ball was thrown would have slid forward and the curved surface would have allowed the ball past by away from earth on return.

In order to keep the object in the orbit, a strong Centripetal force is required, constantly applying on the revolving object. Had this gravitational pull not been there, all the moving objects would have fallen off the trajectory.

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