"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.
Weighted objects on a stretchy sheet can model gravitational attraction in space. Changing conditions in this model can explain 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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