Is It Possible for Two Magnets to Orbit Each Other?

It doesn't work with smaller magnets at least.
Loukia Papadopoulos

YouTuber The Action Lab always comes up with interesting experiments and questions. In yet another exciting edition of his YouTube show, he now explores if two magnets can orbit each other.

This brings up all kinds of theories pertaining to such terms as the centripetal force, the centrifugal force, the velocity of the orbiting particle and the orbit. The YouTuber explains how to keep something in orbit when there is gravity at play you need it to be going at a fast enough speed so that the centrifugal force is high.

He then tries to throw a magnet into orbit around another magnet at high speed but the two magnets just stick together. He explains that this is because magnets are dipoles as opposed to monopoles.

He then decides to use a more massive magnet as the center magnet and have a smaller one orbiting around it. This is quite ingenious and should technically work but does it?

Is it possible after all to have two magnets orbit each other? What does the YouTuber do further to achieve this lofty goal? We won't tell you here. We will tell you it's an experiment worth watching and perhaps even replicating for fun. Enjoy!

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