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Problem: Consider the earth following its nearly circular orbit (dashed curve) about the sun. The earth has mass 5.98 x 1024 kg and the sun has mass  1.99 x 1030 kg. They are separated, center to center, by r = 93 million miles = 150 million km. What is the magnitude of the gravitational force acting on the earth due to the sun?

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The gravitational force is:

Fg=Gm1m2r2

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Consider the earth following its nearly circular orbit (dashed curve) about the sun. 

The earth has mass 5.98 x 1024 kg and the sun has mass  1.99 x 1030 kg. They are separated, center to center, by r = 93 million miles = 150 million km. 

What is the magnitude of the gravitational force acting on the earth due to the sun?

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