Relativity and Cosmology


On the Precession of Mercury's Orbit

Authors: R. Wayte

The Sun's orbital motion around the Solar System barycentre contributes a small quadrupole moment to the gravitational energy of Mercury. The effect of this moment has until now gone unnoticed, but it actually generates some precession of Mercury's orbit. Therefore the residual 43arcsec/cy, currently allocated to general relativity, has to account for this new component as well as a reduced relativity component.

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[v1] 12 Feb 2010
[v2] 20 Oct 2010
[v3] 11 Aug 2011

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