|How Much Do You Weigh?|
To understand that weight is a measure of gravitational attraction and that this force is not the same on each planet.
"New" Weight Chart
Gravity is a universal, natural force that attracts objects to each other. Gravity is the pull toward the center of an object; let's say, of a planet or a moon. When you weigh yourself, you are measuring the amount of gravitational attraction exerted on you by Earth. The Moon has a weaker gravitational attraction than Earth. In fact, the Moon's gravity is only 1/6 of Earth's gravity. So, you would weigh less on the Moon. How much would you weigh on the Moon and on the other planets?
Example for the Moon - for a person weighing 60 pounds on Earth:
|Planet||Multiply your Earth weight by:||Your "new" weight|
Where do the multiplication factors come from?
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