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22 October, 09:31

Two stars, Star 1 and Star 2, are at almost equal distances from Earth. The table below shows the masses of the two stars.

Name of Star Mass of Star (in million solar masses)

Star 1 3.61

Star 2 3.59

Which of these statements is most likely correct about the stars?

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Star 2 attracts Star 1 with a greater gravitational force than Star 1 attracts Star 2.

Earth exerts almost equal gravitation force on both the stars.

Star 1 attracts Star 2 with a greater gravitational force than Star 2 attracts Star 1.

Earth exerts greater gravitation force on Star 2 than on Star 1.

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  1. 22 October, 10:57
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    Which of these statements is most likely correct about the stars?

    Star 2 attracts Star 1 with a greater gravitational force than Star 1 attracts Star 2.

    No, because Third Newton Law states that both forces are equal in magnitude.

    Earth exerts almost equal gravitation force on both the stars.

    No, because the Universal Gravitational Law, estblished by Newton, states the atraction force to two masses is proportional to the product of the masses.

    Star 1 attracts Star 2 with a greater gravitational force than Star 2 attracts Star 1.

    No (same reason for the first statement)

    Earth exerts greater gravitation force on Star 2 than on Star 1.

    Right. This is the correct statement. Given the mass of Star 2 is greater than the mass of Star 1, by the Universal Gravitational Law, the earth exerts greater gravitational attraction on Star 2.
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