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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Giving Thanks For Earth's Gravity

Just two days before Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks to the fact that I live on Earth and not Jupiter. You see Jupiter is 318 times more massive than Earth and I think the gravity ratio would be about the same. That means that since I am about 30 lbs overweight on Earth, (I'm working on that) I would be 9,540 lbs overweight on Jupiter. Now that would require one helluva diet and excercise plan! No thank you!

(On the other hand, if I went to the moon, which has only 1/6 of the Earth's gravity, my 208 lbs would reduce to only about 35 lbs and mother nature would owe me some pounds. Seconds anyone?)


Galileo Blogs said...

Does that mean that the only place to truly enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner is on the moon?

Anonymous said...

No, Jupiter has a diameter large enough and a density low enough that its gravity, if you could stand on it, would be only 2.2 times that of Earth.

But Jupiter is thought not to have a surface. It's just a gas that gets denser and denser... so you would fall in.

Mike N said...

Anon: At 2.2 times the gravity of Earth, I would be only 66 lbs overweight on Jupiter. Nah, I'll stick to Earth. Thanks for clearing that up though, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Mike N said...

"Does that mean that the only place to truly enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner is on the moon?"
Well, you wouldn't have to worry about going on a diet next day.

But I was thinking about a special Thanksgivng table with high-chair like chairs that were attached to a track around the table and when everyone loaded up their plates the chairs would move around the table and the centrifugal force would counteract gravity and...oh never mind. Just a thought.