“Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects” is a hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. Participants investigate how changing conditions can cause phenomena like stellar wobble and planet formation.
- The force of gravity influences everything (with mass) in space.
- Every object in space exerts a gravitational pull on every other object.
- Gravity keeps objects orbiting other objects, and prevents them from flying off into space.
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