Jul 11, 2022

Researchers remeasure gravitational constant

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The gravitational constant G determines the strength of gravity—the force that makes apples fall to the ground or pulls the Earth in its orbit around the sun. It is part of Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation, which he first formulated more than 300 years ago. The constant cannot be derived mathematically; it has to be determined through experiment.

Over the centuries, scientists have conducted numerous experiments to determine the value of G, but the isn’t satisfied with the current figure. It is still less precise than the values of all the other fundamental natural constants—for example, the speed of light in a vacuum.

One reason gravity is extremely difficult to quantify is that it is a very and cannot be isolated: when you measure the gravity between two bodies, you also measure the effect of all other bodies in the world.

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