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Originally posted by mytym
Don't get me wrong, Rob, I respect your view, and much of what you say makes perfect sense. However, I do not agree that the original poster or myself are proposing that the earth is in fact hollow, just that it is possible. That being said, the proposal that the earth is in fact not solid is not being raised, just that it is possible that it isn't.
As I alluded to in my last post, I was consciously trying to avoid the higher dimension argument for the very reason that it would be too easy to prove my point.
In a supposed gas planet such as Jupiter, using the gravity is directly related to mass idea, if you were at the centre of the planet wouldn't the gravity be zero. The centre of mass would form a ring around the planet at some point between the surface and the centre, possibly 1/3 of the way down, causing all of the matter to gravitate to this region. If this was the case the centre would actually be free from matter, as the bonds in a gas a weak in comparison to gravity. I suppose the same conditions would apply to solid planets, thus a struggle would exist between the force holding the solid at the centre together and the force of gravity drawing it towards the donut shaped centre of mass. Does this sound plausable?
In theory, mass generates gravity in the direction of the mass. At the centre of a planet the mass should be zero, thus there should be no gravity drawing other other objects toward the centre. The greater mass would actually be away from the centre thus generating a gravitational force in the direction of the surface and away from the centre. In theory this would leave a void in the centre of the planet and create a hollowness.