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How strong is the gravity on Gliese 581c?
August 14, 2008 10:49AM
If it is a rocky planet with a large iron core, Gliese 581c has a radius approximately 50% larger than that of Earth. Gravity on such a planet's surface would be approximately 2.24 times as strong as on Earth. If Gliese 581 c is an icy and/or watery planet, its radius would be less than 2 times that of Earth, even with a very large outer hydrosphere. Gravity on the surface of such an icy and/or watery planet would be at least 1.25 times as strong as on Earth.