Asked • 06/25/19

Planet orbits: what's the difference between gravity and centripetal force?

My physics teacher says that centripetal force is caused by gravity. I'm not entirely sure how this works? How can force cause another in space (ie where there's nothing). My astronomy teacher says that gravity is (note: not like) a 3D blanket and when you put mass on it, the mass causes a dip/dent in the blanket and so if you put another object with less mass it will roll down the dip onto the bigger mass. Is this true and is this what causes the centripetal force.

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