Questions tagged [orbital-decay]

Questions regarding the slow process of orbits getting smaller.

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Computing the rate of orbital decay

We know that the estimated time until a binary system merges is given by: $$\dfrac{5c^5r^4}{256G^3(m_1m_2)(m_1+m_2)}$$ But what is the formula to determine rate of decay, in some sort of distance unit,...
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Orbital decay via gravitational emission in a hypothetical, two-body universe

Assume we have a universe with nothing in it except for two objects. One of them is a stationary object that is perfectly spherical with the mass of the Moon (without any atmosphere, of course; also, ...