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Does that mean Sun, much like Earth bulged at some points which makes the gravitational force between Earth and Sun stronger at some points and weaker at some comparatively?

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Does that mean Sun, much like Earth bulged at some points which makes the gravitational force between Earth and Sun stronger at some points and weaker at some comparatively?

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It's Kepler's first law. See, for example:

Does that mean Sun, much like Earth bulged at some points which makes the gravitational force between Earth and Sun stronger at some points and weaker at some comparatively?

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A circle is just a symmetrical special case of an ellipse, which is also a special case of a "conic section". All orbits and most non-orbit gravitational interactions form one of these shapes. Consider if we send a space probe past an object and it doesn't orbit, but just bends a little and keeps going - that's parabolic or hyperbolic.

Does that mean Sun, much like Earth bulged at some points which makes the gravitational force between Earth and Sun stronger at some points and weaker at some comparatively?

Bit of a trick question; what shape do you get if an asteroid collides with Earth?

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