Unseen effect of Solar Eclipse?

Earth stays in orbit as the mutual gravitational forces between it and the sun balance out. During solar eclipse, when the moon comes in between the earth and sun, should not that have an influence on the gravitational forces between earth and sun so as to either deflect the orbit of the earth or cause the moon to be pulled either toward the sun or the earth. But neither of that happens. Why is it so?

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  • Adam D
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Go look up the equation to calculate how much the force of gravity is between objects, and look up the distances and masses involved - you can see for yourself how much effect there really is.  A high school science student can accomplish this math.

  • 2 months ago

    Apart from the Moon being at Perigee at the time of the Eclipes

    And the Spring Tides that occur

     There is no noticeable effect on Earth itself

    Lunar eclipses though have a weird effect on Flat Earthers

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  • 2 months ago

    It's easier to visualize this:  Earth is orbited by the moon, and as such, the Earth "wobbles" as the moon's gravity pulls on it during it's orbit. 

    Now... the Earth/Moon *system*  - that center of mass - is what is orbiting the sun. There are effects, of course;  the moon is pulled a bit toward the sun during the New Moon phase, widening the gap a bit between the Earth and the Moon, but where the moon orbits - at 239,000 miles from Earth - Earth's gravity is more dominant than the Sun's. 

    We see the effects of the Solar/Lunar gravity on Earth with our tides; when it's new moon/full moon - we see higher tidal differences, because the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in-line;  When the moon is at first or third quarters, the high/low tides are much less pronounced. 

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