Science Thursday: Why the Earth doesn't crash into the Sun

Explaining stable orbits and gravitational forces in about a minute

This week's MinutePhysics video is a few days later in the week, but it was worth the wait. This week, we get a quick description about why the Earth doesn't crash into the Sun, or why the Moon doesn't crash into the Earth. Watch the video for the answer:

So the next time you are at a science museum and you see those coin things that kids love, you can explain the idea of stable orbits and friction. And your kids will just stare back at you.

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