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Originally posted by Im a Marty
Hey all, A few months ago, I brought up a question to my wife's attention, and after that looked for answers, even writing to Michio Kaku (Leading Scientist) to get an answer, yet haven't been able to find an explanation....
I was wondering that if the sun was to suddenly dissapear (ie just vanish, not turn to supernova etc..), what would happen to the earths' orbit. I mean it takes roughly 8 minutes for the light from the sun to reach earth, yet if the sun suddenly dissapeared, what would happen first... would the earth break its orbit first and 8 minutes later see the sun dissapear or what? If thats the case, doesn't that mean that gravity has a greater force over such distances than the speed of light can travel? Does that mean that gravity works in some sort of 'sub space' that connects to objects immediately, rather than 'travel' such as light does.
Appreciate responses to this.