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Re: Gravity...
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2007, 01:21:05 PM »
My biggest question, what is the terminal velocity?  If the earth is accelerating constantly for however many thousand, million, or billions of years, how fast is it going?
It's terminal velocity is the speed of light, which it will never reach.  Therefore, we are going less than the speed of light.


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Re: Gravity...
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2007, 01:29:31 PM »
Classically, earth's speed should increase continuously to create a force identical to gravity.
However, this is not necessary in special relativity. As force is the time derivative of momentum, actually "momentum" is what has to increase continuously. The relationship between speed and momentum is not linear at speeds closer to the speed of light, and is infinite at speed of light itself. So, our momentum can increase constantly in time, but our speed would never reach the speed of light.

Briefly calculating, our earth must be moving at a speed of approx. 298635.7263749823827 kilometers per second today, and still increasing.