What kind of stability it provides to each and every celestial body that each one them are round in shape?

  • $\begingroup$ Notice that gravity doesn't make all galaxies round, e.g. spirals. $\endgroup$
    – J. Chomel
    May 18, 2018 at 7:53
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Chomel The OP did specify celestial bodies and galaxies are not single bodies. - the dynamics and forces are different as stars in galaxies would be more closely analogous to an extremely low density gas than a the fluid/solid/high density states celestial bodies have. $\endgroup$ May 18, 2018 at 12:01
  • $\begingroup$ @StephenG, thank you. My point is about the duplicate we decided: gravity doesn't make everything round. $\endgroup$
    – J. Chomel
    May 18, 2018 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ @J.Chomel the spirals are an artifact of viewing, not a gravitational formation $\endgroup$ May 18, 2018 at 14:21
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    $\begingroup$ Just sayin' -- there's something wrong with closing a reasonably-asked question as a duplicate of a question where someone asks about making an antigravity machine. The question is about why somewhat small but not too small objects are round. Stars are somewhat small compared to much larger constructs in the universe that aren't roundish while a potato-shaped asteroid is too small to be roundish. This is the one question that nails this central issue. I'm voting to reopen; that older question should be closed as a duplicate of this. $\endgroup$ May 19, 2018 at 9:52

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The gravitational is radial only. That means if you tried a different shape then you would have regions, like hills, where a change in the angle would experience a much less attraction towards the center. This region would, over time, be attracted to a different angle with a greater force of attraction. Or spherical. This results in a spherical-like shape.


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