Visualizing Gravity Wells - infographic comic
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:31AM
Randy in comparison, humor, planets, scale, sun


Another great new infographic comic from  A mix of real science and humor, this one plays on the words “gravity well” by visualizing the strength of each planets gravity as the depth of a crater scaled to Earth’s surface gravity.

The chart shows the “depth” of various solar system gravity wells.
Each well is scaled such that rising out of a physical well of that depth - in constant Earth surface gravity - would take the same energy as escaping that planet’s gravity in reality.

Click on the image to go to the site to see the high-resolution version.


Thanks for sending in the link Ruben!


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