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# What is an object orbiting a planet held by the planet's gravitational pull?

Updated: 7/5/2023

Wiki User

14y ago

Of the eight planets that orbit the Sun, Jupiter has the strongest gravitational pull because it has more mass than any of the other planets. In fact, it has more mass than ALL the other planets combined!

Wiki User

14y ago

Wiki User

10y ago

Among the planets Jupiter has the strongest gravity because it has the most mass.

If you mean the strongest "surface gravity", the answer is again Jupiter. However, surface gravity depends on the distance of the surface from the center, as well as the mass of the planet.

Wiki User

11y ago

The gravitational force between the Earth and the Sun is what holds Earth in orbit around the Sun.

I mean, yeah, duh, I know it's pretty obvious, but I can't think of any other way to answer the question asked.

Wiki User

14y ago

Every planet has some gravitational pull on each of the other planets. However, the amount of gravitational force is proportional to the two masses, and inversely proportional (meaning it decreases by) the SQUARE of the distance between them. So even though the Sum is millions of times more massive than the Moon, it is the Moon that exerts a greater gravitational force on the Earth than the Sun does. The Moon is about a quarter-million miles away from the Earth; the Sun is 400 times further away. So the gravitational force of the Sun on the Earth is 1/160000th as great as it would be, if it were the same distance away as the Moon is.

Jupiter is the largest planet; at its closest, it is 4 times farther away from the Earth than the Sun is. Jupiter's gravitational influence on the Earth is less than that of a housefly. The other planets are all smaller, and some of them are further way.

Wiki User

10y ago

Among the planets Jupiter has the strongest gravity because it has the most mass.

Usually we mean the force of gravity at the surface of a planet. That depends not just on the mass, but also on the distance of the surface from the center of mass.

In that case the answer is still Jupiter.

Wiki User

10y ago

All the planets have a gravitational pull. Anything that has mass has a gravitational pull, but it's only noticeable from things of very large mass, like the Earth, the Moon etc.

Even a person has a gravitational pull. Two people of 80 kg sitting 1 metre apart have a gravitational pull between them, so small it isn't measureable, but the force can be calculated as about 10-7 Newtons, about the weight of a grain of fine sand.

Wiki User

12y ago

Nobody knows how gravity really works or what it actually "is," however, as far as we can tell, what gives a planet its gravitational pull is its mass. Everything with a mass has a gravitational pull, from the smallest atoms to the supermassive black hole that is theorized to be at the center of our galaxy. At this time (early 2011), scientists are hoping to find evidence for the Higgs Boson particle at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The Higgs Boson particle is the only particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics that has not been observed and is believed to be the particle that imparts mass to all other particles, and ultimately what causes everything in the macroworld to have mass and consequently gravity.

Wiki User

11y ago

Yes! Planets are created by the accumulation of various particles and debris over millions and billions of years. This initially impact-related accumulation eventually results in an object with enough mass that it begins to produce its own gravitational pull, which makes the further accumulation of "space stuff" much more reliable, and eventually it becomes what we know as a planet. All objects have mass, and more mass means more gravity. If you were the size of Earth, you could have a moon, too! In short: a planet actually has gravity long before we would even call it a planet! Our own moon is an excellent example.

Wiki User

6y ago

All planets have gravity - on some it is more powerful than on others.

Here is a list of all the planets and the gravity they have (related to earth's as 1)×ƒ

• Mercury......0.377
• Venus.........0.904
• Earth..........1.000
• Mars...........0.377
• Jupiter........2.535
• Saturn........1.064
• Uranus........0.904
• Neptune......1.140

Wiki User

12y ago

In our solar system, the largest planet, which has the strongest gravitational attraction, is Jupiter.

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### What is the difference between orbits and rotation?

well when something is orbiting a planet that means an object is basically circling the planet due to its gravitational pull. Rotation is the planets rotation not the object surrounding circling it.

### How is a moon different from a planet or a dwarf planet?

What makes a moon a moon is the fact that it is smaller than the object it is orbiting, and is orbiting the object (the planet) constantly.The definition of a moon is "a natural satellite revolving around a planet". Since a satellite is an object that orbits a bigger object, usually a planet, and is not a planet due to its small size, it is considered a moon and not another planet.

### Do outer planets have dwarf planets?

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### How does the gravity of the planet vary with the planets mass?

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### How does the planets mass vary with the gravity of the planet?

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### How could one decrease the gravitational force between a planet and an object orbiting the planet?

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### What methods has led to the most discoveries of massive planets orbiting near their parent stars?

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### Why does a star's wobble indicate that a planet is nearby?

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### Does Planet Earth have small planets around it?

No. There are no planets orbiting Earth.The Moon is not a planet.

### Do the stars or dwarf planets orbit planets?

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### What planet has tiny planets?

A planet doesn't "have planets". Anything orbiting a planet is called a moon, or a satellite.

### How did scientist find planets orbiting stars than your sun?

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