Two otherwise isolated bodies of equal mass will orbit in which of the following configurations as viewed from a fixed distant point?

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    They would oscillate back and forth along a straight line connecting their centers.
     They would both orbit in concentric ellipses about a central point.
     One would orbit in a large elliptical path around the other, which would stay fixed.
     One will orbit in a circular path around the other, which would stay fixed.
     They would orbit each other in identical but oppositely directed ellipses that share a common focus.
asked Sep 20, 2012 in Astronomy by anonymous
    

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They would orbit each other in identical but oppositely directed ellipses that share a common focus.
answered Sep 22, 2012 by SkyStar ~Expert~ (2,855 points)



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