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14th Jan '18 1:05:41 PM laserviking42
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** A strange example in ''The Last Jedi'', is at the beginning when the rebels mount a bombing run on an attacking Star Destroyer. The bombers have bomb racks straight out of WWII, in which the bomb bay doors open and the unguided bombs simply drop onto the target. <i>In space</i>.

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** A strange example in ''The Last Jedi'', is at the beginning when the rebels mount a bombing run on an attacking Star Destroyer. The bombers have bomb racks straight out of WWII, in which the bomb bay doors open and the unguided bombs simply drop onto the target. <i>In space</i>.In space.
14th Jan '18 1:04:59 PM laserviking42
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** A strange example in ''The Last Jedi'', is at the beginning when the rebels mount a bombing run on an attacking Star Destroyer. The bombers have bomb racks straight out of WWII, in which the bomb bay doors open and the unguided bombs simply drop onto the target. <i>In space</i>.
7th Dec '17 5:46:19 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Defense of the Ancients}}'', the Enigma's Black Hole LastDiscMagic LimitBreak acts like the stereotypical black hole, sucking stuff towards itself.

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* In ''{{Defense of the Ancients}}'', ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'', the Enigma's Black Hole LastDiscMagic LimitBreak acts like the stereotypical black hole, sucking stuff towards itself.
1st Nov '17 7:29:48 PM PaulA
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* Justified in Creator/AndreNorton's ''Sargasso of Space'', where the entire planet was turned by ThePrecursors into a superweapon capable of generating a very powerful gravity-like field that pulls spaceships from afar (possibly even from hyperspace) and crashes them on the surface of the planet.

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* Justified in Creator/AndreNorton's ''Sargasso of Space'', ''Literature/SargassoOfSpace'', where the entire planet was turned by ThePrecursors into a superweapon capable of generating a very powerful gravity-like field that pulls spaceships from afar (possibly even from hyperspace) and crashes them on the surface of the planet.
14th Jun '17 11:44:22 AM Piterpicher
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* ''{{Recca}}'' has [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/recca/recca-15.png this boss]] who fires out two kinds of gravity wells, blue ones which suck your ship towards them and white ones that repel your ship. This is an NES game...

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* ''{{Recca}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Recca}}'' has [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/recca/recca-15.png this boss]] who fires out two kinds of gravity wells, blue ones which suck your ship towards them and white ones that repel your ship. This is an NES game...
15th May '17 3:31:48 PM Amahn
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* In ''{{Dragonball}}'', the gravity from King Kai's miniature planet, which manages to be at 10 times the gravity as on Earth despite its size, doesn't affect anything unless it gets within a few hundred feet, then you immediately get pulled toward it. To be fair, that ''is'' in the afterlife, so there's no reason the physical laws would be the same, or even exist.

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* In ''{{Dragonball}}'', the gravity from King Kai's miniature planet, which manages to be at 10 times the gravity as on Earth despite its size, doesn't affect anything unless it gets within a few hundred feet, then you immediately get pulled toward it. To be fair, that ''is'' in the afterlife, so there's no reason the physical laws would be the same, or even exist.[[note]]As [[https://what-if.xkcd.com/68/ this]] WhatIf article illustrates. Small but dense objects (like King Kai's planet) do display "odd" gravity near their surface due to gravity being a function of mass and distance squared to the mass's center. No, their gravity wouldn't "turn off" a short distance away, but there would be a sever gravitational gradient and tidal forces present.[[/note]]
15th May '17 3:21:38 PM Amahn
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*** This is in fact plausible TruthInTelevision (assuming FTL travel can be considered truth). A ship flying into the star system would not exit warp in a stable orbit (of either the star or any of its planets). Significant delta-v would need to be applied to match orbital velocities, and thus the ship would continue along straight non-orbital paths. Also considering the fact the ship unexpectedly dropped out of faster-than-light travel, FridgeLogic implies it could still have significant carry-over momentum that would allow it to close the Moon-To-Earth distance much faster than the 2-3 days Apollo Astronauts took.
20th Apr '17 8:59:30 PM LBHills
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Obviously not TruthInTelevision. Gravity is what allows stable orbits to exist -- without gravity, Earth would just fly away from the Sun (disregarding for a minute that without gravity, both would fail to form in the first place). Even increasing gravity, until a certain point, would not cause an orbiting body to fall onto the planet, but would simply shift it to a different orbit.

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Obviously not TruthInTelevision. Gravity is what allows stable orbits to exist -- without gravity, Earth would just fly away from the Sun (disregarding for a minute that without gravity, both would fail to form never have formed in the first place). Even increasing gravity, until a certain point, would not cause an orbiting body to fall onto the planet, but would simply shift it to a different orbit.
9th Apr '17 9:33:54 AM nombretomado
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* As in the Film examples, Star Destroyers in the ''Star Wars {{Rogue Squadron}}'' series are prone to make sudden vertical 90-degree turns as soon as they're critically damaged; Rogue Leaders who aren't careful during the Battle of Endor will suddenly find the Star Destroyer they'd disabled [[YetAnotherStupidDeath swooping forward to crash into them]].

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* As in the Film examples, Star Destroyers in the ''Star Wars {{Rogue Squadron}}'' VideoGame/RogueSquadron'' series are prone to make sudden vertical 90-degree turns as soon as they're critically damaged; Rogue Leaders who aren't careful during the Battle of Endor will suddenly find the Star Destroyer they'd disabled [[YetAnotherStupidDeath swooping forward to crash into them]].
15th Mar '17 11:42:06 PM Xtifr
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* Actually averted in the ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel ''Vector Prime'', where the weird gravity device used by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] to ColonyDrop Sernpidal's moon onto the planet does not cause a "sucking" effect, but instead the moon's orbit decays more or less realistically every time it passes over the device. Not that there's anything realistic about a superweapon that produces a gravitational force greater than a planet's.
* Deconstructed in RobertAHeinleinís ''Starman Jones'':

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* Actually averted in the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel ''Vector Prime'', where the weird gravity device used by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] to ColonyDrop Sernpidal's moon onto the planet does not cause a "sucking" effect, but instead the moon's orbit decays more or less realistically every time it passes over the device. Not that there's anything realistic about a superweapon that produces a gravitational force greater than a planet's.
* Deconstructed in RobertAHeinleinís ''Starman Jones'':Creator/RobertAHeinleinís ''Literature/StarmanJones'':



* In ''[[SkylarkSeries The Skylark of Space]]'', [=DuQuesne's=] ship is caught in the pull of a dead star. Notably it induces a sickening sensation of ''falling'' even though the characters are now used to freefall.

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* In ''[[SkylarkSeries ''[[Literature/SkylarkSeries The Skylark of Space]]'', [=DuQuesne's=] ship is caught in the pull of a dead star. Notably it induces a sickening sensation of ''falling'' even though the characters are now used to freefall.
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