2 Answered Questions for the topic celestial mechanics
How did pre-Copernican astronomers accurately predict planetary position?
Copernican elements (circular orbital elements) are not very accurate. But Copernicus simplified our understanding a great deal by placing the Sun at the center of the system. Im astonished by the... more
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... more