Brouwer, Dirk Formerly, Yale University Observatory, New Haven, Connecticut.
Clemence, Gerald M. Formerly, Yale University Observatory, New Haven, Connecticut.
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The gravitational attraction at the surface of a planet or other celestial body. The quantity g is often referred to simply as “gravity” or “the force of gravity” of Earth, both of which are incorrect. The force of gravity means the force with which a celestial body attracts an object, that is, the weight of the object. The letter g represents the acceleration caused by the gravitational force and, of course, has the dimensions of acceleration. See also: Earth's gravity field; Gravitation
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