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grav·i·ta·tion

(grav'i-tā'shŭn),
The force of attraction between any two bodies in the universe, varying directly as the product of their masses and inversely as the square of the distance between their centers; expressed as F = Gm1m2l -2, where G (newtonian constant of gravitation) = 6.67259 × 10-11 m3 kg-1 s-2, m1 and m2 are the masses (in kg) of the two bodies, and l is the distance separating them in meters.
[L. gravitas, weight]

gravitation

(grăv″ĭ-tā′shŭn) [L. gravitas, weight]
The force and movement tending to draw every particle of matter together, esp. the attraction of the earth for bodies at a distance from its center.
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QCM predicts that a body of mass [micro] orbiting a central massive object in a gravitationally bound system obeys the angular momentum L per unit mass quantization condition
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Beletsky said that the two brown dwarfs are separated by about three times the distance between the Earth and the Sun, asserting that the binary brown dwarf systems are gravitationally bound and orbit about each other.
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