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What if Earth stopped orbiting the sun?
Description: The Earth is traveling around the sun with an orbital velocity of 30 kilometers per second. This is exactly the speed it needs to be going to counteract the force of gravity from the sun pulling it inward. If the sun were to suddenly disappear, Earth would travel in a perfectly straight line at 30 km/s. This is how orbits work. What would happen if the Earth somehow just stopped in its tracks as it was orbiting the sun, as if it ran into an invisible wall? [Source:]
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Publish Date: 7/11/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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