We’ve previously seen how gravity might affect a ball being dropped on different planets, as well as the sun and the moon. Now see what might happen if the same experiment were conducted with a stack of lumber dropped onto a car, courtesy of the automotive physics simulator BeamNG.
Howdy, folks! It’s science time! Veritasium explains how gravity isn’t a force according to the General Theory of Relativity. He then demonstrates how the way we are moving through space-time while standing on Earth isn’t really any different from what an astronaut experiences as their rocket accelerates through space.
BeamNG.drive is known for its ability to simulate vehicle dynamics and crashes with impressive accuracy. In addition to weather conditions, it can also replicate gravitational forces. In this clip from The Action Lab, he shows off what might happen if you tried to drive a pickup truck on the Moon, Jupiter, and even the Sun.
Just how different are the gravitational forces on the planets in our solar system? Planetary scientist Dr. James O’Donoghue provides a great visual that compares the speed of a ball being dropped from 1 km onto each planet, as well as the sun, moon, and the asteroid Ceres where things take a really, really long time to fall.
Unless you’re a superhuman athlete, most of us here on Earth can only jump up about 18 inches. But if you went to Venus, you could jump twice as high. Bright Side takes a look at the gravitational forces on the moon and other planets for a look at how they would affect our ability to jump – assuming we could survive the conditions.
The lack of gravity in space can have strange effects on equipment and experiments. If you want to test in near zero-G conditions on Earth, you head to the Bremen Drop Tower, a 140-meter-tall chamber in which objects experience microgravity for up to 10 seconds at a time. Seeker explains how it works.