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If I swing my arm, it can emit gravitational waves?

  1. Apr 3, 2007 #1
    If I swing my arm, it can emit gravitational waves??

    If I swing my arm, it can emit gravitational waves??

    Thank you in advance!
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2007
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  3. Apr 3, 2007 #2

    Garth

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    Yes, just as by winging your arm while swimming you can make it emit water waves.

    However, the accelerating mass required to produce gravitational waves has to move in a non-spherically symmetric way and the power emitted by just swinging your arm is vanishingly small.

    We will know more when gravitational waves are actually detected!

    Garth
     
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