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SUNDAY PUZZLE #57
 According to Kepler's laws the orbit of the Earth is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci (f). Moreover, a line segment joining our planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of time (thus, sectors A1, A2 and A3 are of the same area). If gravity suddenly disappeared, would this still be true? Selon la 2ème loi de Kepler, le mouvement de la Terre est tel que le segment de droite reliant le soleil et notre planète balaie des aires égales pendant des durées égales (les secteurs A1, A2 et A3 sont de même aire). Si d’un coup la force de gravité venait à disparaître, cette loi serait-elle toujours valable ? Secondo la seconda legge di Keplero, il raggio vettore che congiunge il sole alla Terra copre lungo l'orbita aree uguali, in tempi uguali (ne consegue che i settori A1, A2 e A3 hanno la stessa area). Se d’un colpo la forza di gravità sparisse, questa legge sarebbe sempre valida? You can comment and discuss this puzzle on our FaceBook or Blogger web page. › Click to show/hide the solution

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