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CLIP 9787

The gravitational influence of the Sun

The gravitational influence of the Sun
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Key Info
  • The gravitational influence of the Sun
  • Duration: 03:11
  • A description of the extent of the Sun's gravitational influence on other objects. A scale model of the solar system is included. Non-planetary bodies affected by the Sun's gravity are discussed, such as comets and the Oort cloud. Beyond this, the Sun's gravity has no influence. Published as part of the Solar System website: bbc.co.uk/solarsystem/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Phys: Forces - Contact and Non-contact

  • Keywords: sun, gravity, Oort, comet, outerspace
Ideas for use in class
  • To answer the question 'How big is the solar system?'
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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