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For example, the Moon goes around the Earth in a circular orbit. There is a centripetal force (caused by gravity) that pulls the Moon inwards. However according to Newton's First law, the law of inertia, the Moon wants to continue moving in a straight line and its this conflict (cant think of another word) of the Moon wanting to continue its straight line and the centripetal force pulling it in which causes a circular motion. This hopefully, I have got correct. Newton's Third law states that when one object exerts a force on another object, then that object exerts an equal (but opposite in direction) force on the first object. Using this law and applying it to the Moon and Earth, there must be a force that is equal to and acting in the opposite direction as the centripetal force. I have researched this on the internet and found that people say this force is called centrifugal force. However, I have researched centrifugal force on the internet and found that it is not a actual REAL force. So going back to Newton's third law which states there should be a REAL force acting opposite to centripetal force, I am confused to what this actual REAL force is. I have spent ages and ages trying to understand this but I am so confused. Any help would be very much appreciated, as I was hoping to do my essay on explaining Newton's laws of motion and how they are connected to circular motion. Thanks