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Posts tagged horizontal motion

June 15, 2009

 

Surfer riding a large green wave

The Physics of Surfing

What water craft relies on the horizontal push from the downward pull of gravity to move? Find out on this Moment of Science.

June 5, 2009

 

Moon over colorful cityscape

Why Doesn’t the Moon Fall Down?

Contrary to what fairy tales tell us, there is nothing holding the moon up in the sky. So why doesn't it fall down? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

The Moon and its Orbit

You can see this more easily by imagining what would happen if the earth were flat. The moon would still travel in a horizontal line above the ground; but because it’s also falling, it would come closer and closer to the flat earth until it collided.

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