What is the force between Saturn and the Sun?

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The force of gravity is between Saturn and the Sun. According to Newton's law of universal gravitation, any two bodies exert a gravitational force on each other. This force is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Mathematically,

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The force of gravity is between Saturn and the Sun. According to Newton's law of universal gravitation, any two bodies exert a gravitational force on each other. This force is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Mathematically,

F = Gm1m2/d^2

where G is the universal gravitational constant, m1 and m2 are the masses of the objects and d is the distance between them.

In the case of the Sun and Saturn, their masses are 1.989 x 10^30 kg and 5.683 x 10^26 kg, respectively. The average distance between Saturn and the Sun is 1.433 x 10^9 km. The value of G (gravitational constant) is 6.674 x 10^-11 N m^2 / kg^2.

Substituting all the values in the equation, we get:

F = 3.674 x 10^28 N

Thus, the gravitational force between the Sun and planet Saturn is 3.674 x 10^28 N.

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