I have viewed other threads regarding this thought experiment but have not seen any that answer my question. "If" the sun disappeared, the earth would just continue on in a straight line, I understand that. But what about our moon? Would it continue to orbit the earth as the earth travelled through space? Would it eventually smash into earth or go on its own merry way in some other direction? How does the sun's gravity affect the moon now? I found this on Wikipedia, but could someone elaborate on it? "Although if the gravitational attraction of our Sun could be "turned off", the Moon would continue to make one orbit about the Earth with its current sidereal period."