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Does an an asteroid have a larger acceleration when it is nearest to the sun or the earth?


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2010-02-17 03:17:54
2010-02-17 03:17:54

The Sun has a much larger gravitational pull , an asteroid would be pulled faster toward the sun, if it were in the same proximity.

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