### Celestial Mechanics

(study of forces and motion of celestial objects)

**Celestial Mechanics** is the application of **Mechanics**
to celestial objects, e.g., Planets, galaxies, Moons,
etc. *Mechanics*, in turn is the branch of physics dealing
with forces and motion. More specifically, **Dynamics** is the
study of forces and resulting motions, e.g., orbits,
and **Statics** is the study of forces in the absence of motion,
e.g., why the inside of the Moon doesn't collapse to allow
it to grow smaller, and **Kinematics** is the study of motion
without relation to the forces.

For example, Kepler's Laws, which describe orbits
(Keplerian Orbit) fall under the heading of *kinematics*,
whereas **Newton's Laws**, which describe how forces
bring about orbits, fall under *dynamics*.

(*astrophysics,mechanics,kinematics,dynamics*)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestial_mechanics

http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Celestial_mechanics

https://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/celestial/Celestial/Celestial.html

http://orca.phys.uvic.ca/~tatum/celmechs.html

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