gravitational equilibrium

gravitational equilibrium

[‚grav·ə′tā·shən·əl ‚ē·kwə′lib·rē·əm]
(astrophysics)
The condition of a star in which the weight of overlying layers at each point is balanced by the total pressure at that point.
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Scientists have come forward with a plan to install fuel depots at Lagrange- regions in space between the Earth, moon and sun where gravitational equilibrium is maintained.
But their own independent existence was saved due to their location in the zone of gravitational equilibrium between the outer protoplanetary components and the Sun (with the small gravitational input of the inner components) (Figure 5).