Planets in gravitational well

Planets in gravitational well

Far in space, gravitational force coming from one direction is almost cancelled by gravitational force coming in opposite direction. An object in that position continues in strait line because the net force on it is zero.

Because of all its atoms, the sun blocks some of that gravitational force around itself. An object located in that space is pushed towards the sun because gravitational force coming from direction opposite to the sun is bigger now.



But the sun itself is also an emitter of gravity. That means close to the sun gravitational force is bigger that in space around. That extend to a certain distance from the sun. At a certain distance, the density of gravitational force from one side is almost equal to the density of gravitational force coming from the direction of the sun. That makes a kind of big sphere where gravitational force is almost equal on each side on a line pointing toward the sun. That region or bubble is the gravitational well . Planets cannot go in strait line because in doing so, they enter a region where the gravitational force from outside is now bigger and they are  pushed back towards the sun. When they approach the sun, the same thing happens in opposite: the gravitational force coming from the sun is now bigger and the planet is pushed away, In that manner, the planet goes around the sun and is a satellite.

Region around the sun emitting in all  direction added to what is emitted from                                space  causes a different density region.

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If we add the two gravitational forces, we have something similar to that drawing, showing the low density of gravitational force all around the sun.

The graph show where the planets are in that ‘well’.

The mass and the speed of the planet will permit to find an equilibrium point and it becomes a satellite to the sun. Small planets are far…




The graph is not to scale.


The gravitational force in this graphic represents the net total force when we add opposite forces. The net force at 15 is almost zero. Further, the force is towards the sun. Before 15, it is away from the sun. Depending on its speed, the planet finds the distance away where the force towards the sun equals its centripetal force.

Einstein seem to have a vague idea of that gravity well and tried to explain it with his theory of space time curvature. Space is not curved but its different density will influence objects towards the sun as if it was “curved’ inward.


The intensity of emissions from the sun goes down as the square root.

The intensity of the blocking effect of the sun on space gravity increases with the square.

The following graph  shows the sum of these to demonstrate the bottom part of the ‘well’.

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Following the equation (F = Gmm/dd) there is a possibility to have planets between the sun and Mercury if the speed is big enough. There is no such planet there. This is because of the gravity well described here. A planet closer to the sun would be pushed away by sun radiation of gravity.