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I have a phenomenon in mind but can't remember the name. Without name or other keywords, I can google for the rest of my life. Where, in general, should I ask in such a case?

The concrete thing I can't remember the name of right now is the relativistic effect that alters classical gravitational orbits to lose energy so the orbiting objects will finally collide. (Each object "sees" the other at some point slightly behind the position where it would be in the classical case, so gravitational pull is not exactly perpendicular to the orbit.)

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As per the notation/terminology policy, it would best asked in the h-bar (i.e., physics chat room), rather than a question on the main page.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, didn't know that. How do I get to this side (other than to follow your link here)? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ Click the "Stack Exchange" at the top of the page, ensure that Physics is the "Current Community," then select "chat" to the right of Physics. $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ Alternatively, click the link I gave, then save it as a bookmark ;) $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:35
  • $\begingroup$ I have a habit to lose my bookmarks while trying things with my computer ;-( Did I see this right that you magically beamed this question to the chat side already? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:37
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    $\begingroup$ No, there's a script that the site runs that automatically posts new Meta.Physics questions into the chatroom. $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:44

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