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I searched the Mad Scientist archives and there are articles about gyroscopes, but not this question: if you have a gyroscope with one end elevated on a pedestal, the gyroscope can remain perpendicular to the earth and yet not fall. How is this possible since gravity is pulling on the entire gyroscope? I understand that parts of the gyroscope are moving towards the earth and other parts are moving away, but it seems that the entire gyroscope is still subject to gravity. Does the spinning somehow transfer the gravity's downward pull to the point where the gyroscope touches the pedestal? If so, how is this accomplished? Thanks!
Re: How can a gyroscope seemingly defy gravity?
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