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Will a magnet work in space? Answered

Will a magnet work in space, if so, will its strength be affected making it seem stronger or weaker?

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KitemanBest Answer (author)2011-05-02

Yes, magnets work wherever.

Their effects may seem more pronounced, simply because there will be much less friction to overcome, in much the same way as a mere human can push twenty thousand kilogrammes at a reasonable speed when that mass is floating on a canal.

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iceng (author)Kiteman2011-05-02

When you mention words like pronounced and speed in a sentence,
I think of  inverse square law :-)

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caarntedd (author)2011-05-01

Astronauts work in space.

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iceng (author)2011-05-01

I wasn't kidding farmers take stainless steel covered magnets and put them
into a free range cow's stomach.
This protects cows from intestinal damage by small shreds of iron
( sharp as knives ) that indiscriminate eating bovines regularly ingest
to suffer or die.
The magnets keep iron scraps in a cow's stomach where stomach juices
can dissolve over time.

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justin.jackson (author)iceng2011-05-04

i used to go to a feed store that sold those when i was a kid and play with em all the time. Great little magnets.

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iceng (author)justin.jackson2011-05-04

And in NV they still do.
Thanks, 4 speakin up :)
Gave you a vote.

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Kaptain Kool (author)2011-05-02

Thanks for all of the helpful comments!

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lemonie (author)2011-05-02

Magnetism and gravity don't really have any effect upon each other in practical terms.
The only real difference between space and terra firma is the things like air, water, concrete etc.
iceng has your answer in the relative permittivity aspect.

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willywoozle (author)2011-05-02

Yes it does work in space because the earth is a giant magnet and its magnetic field passes through space and compasses still work so magnets therefore work in space.

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Vyger (author)Vyger2011-05-01
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gmoon (author)2011-05-01

Magnets work in space.
Magnets work most anyplace.
While stronger they seem in orbital oscillations,
Tis only the lack of gravity's perturbations.

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iceng (author)2011-05-01

The magnetic permeability of free space is nearly identical to our atmosphere.
So you will not be able to tell the magnetic pull tiny tiny difference.

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kelseymh (author)2011-05-01
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iceng (author)2011-05-01

Yes it will work in space, in water even in a Cow's stomach.

You mean will the magnetic pull on suitable objects be different But
It may get dirty depending where in space you hold it.

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