The gravitational constant can be used to calculate the gravitational pull between two objects. An illustration of the gravitational fields of the Earth and Moon distorting the fabric of space-time.

What is the gravitational constant?

The gravitational constant describes the intrinsic force of gravity and can be used to calculate the gravitational attraction between two objects.

Also known as “Big G” or gthe gravitational constant was first defined by Isaac Newton in his law of universal gravitation formulated in 1680. It is one of the fundamental constants of nature, with a value of (6.6743 ± 0.00015) x10^–11 m^3 kg^–1 s^–2 (opens in a new tab).

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