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I Effect of strong gravitational waves on the Earth's orbit

  1. May 21, 2017 #1
    What happens to the path of earth if a strong gravitational waves hit earth. Would there be a possibility of earth moving out/changing the path of its current orbit? Can a high frequency gravitational waves knocks the earth out from sun's gravitational field?
    (I know it is very unlikely that a strong gravitational waves hit earth, but just by going with an assumption that if strong gravitational waves hit the earth.)
     
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  3. May 21, 2017 #2

    PeterDonis

    Staff: Mentor

    Gravitational waves carry energy and momentum, so in principle they can transfer energy and momentum to something else.
     
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