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Experiment to Detect Dipole Gravity

Andrew Johnson has just published a new book, this time about Earth and the possibility that it might be hollow. It’s a good read, freely available as a PDF on his site. I get a mention in it due to my work on gravity and its possible relationship with capacitance. For reasons that I explain in Universe of Particles, I suspect that charged matter has stronger gravity than neutral matter.

This suspicion can be partially validated, or roundly refuted, with a simple experiment. There’s no need for a huge, fully charged capacitor. All that’s needed is an aircraft capable of smooth flight, a sensitive scale for gravity measures and a good altitude meter. Gravity readings can then be made at different altitudes.

Newton’s assumption

If gravity is a monopole as Newton suggested, we should see no deviation from Newton’s predictions. However, if gravity is even a tiny bit dipole, we will get deviations because Newton’s theory is predicated on a monopole model of gravity.

If gravity has a dipole element to it, the center of gravity will not be at the center of gravitational bodies when measured at the surface. It will be closer to the observer, as illustrated in this diagram:

Center of gravity relative to position

The center of gravity will drift towards the center of such bodies as we move higher, and will be pretty much exactly at the center as we reach high altitudes. Observer A sees the center of gravity at a, observer B sees it at b and observer C sees it at c.

Implications of dipole gravity

The implication of this is that gravity will drop off with altitude at a faster rate than predicted by Newton. Orbits close to gravitational bodies will be faster, relative to more distant orbits, than Newton predicted with his strict monopole model of gravity. The Mercury anomaly may in this way be explained as a consequence of dipole gravity. There might not be any need for curved space-time as suggested by Einstein, or faster clocks as suggested by me.

If gravity does in fact drop off quicker with altitude than Newton predicted, we can conclude that gravity has a dipole component. This would give support to the capacitance model of gravity because charged capacitors have dipole properties. However, there are other dipole theories out there, such as Peter Woodhead’s suggested solution, and the dipole model promoted by Wal Thornhill.

Either way, the experiment proposed here should be of interest as it will clarify unresolved issues related to gravity. To the best of my knowledge, there has been no airborne gravity readings with the express purpose of verifying Newton’s predictions. We are still assuming that Newton was right about near surface gravity because he was right about high altitude orbits.

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