Relativity and Cosmology


The General Relativity Precession of Mercury.

Authors: Javier Bootello

The solution to the unexplained anomalous precession of the perihelion of Mercury, was the first success of GR (Einstein 1915), event which is near to reach its first centenary. We propose in this paper, to update the classic test of relativity, studying the gradual progression of one-orbit precession, not only in its perihelion, but also along a complete trajectory around the Sun. Just to underline GR results, we have confronted it with other virtual and mathematical potentials which, leading to an identical secular advance of the perihelion, offer different equations of motion with only theoretical meaning. Spacecraft Messenger will begin to orbit Mercury next March 18, and during twelve months, both will make 4.2 revolutions around the Sun. That event should afterwards allow us, to measure and draw accurately, the geometry of the whole geodesic orbit as an open free-fall path, isolated from other planets gravitational interference. This update must verify the GR issues with modern standards, throughout an accessible test to perform, with clear results, unlike a complex test, expensive and with uncertain conclusions.

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[v1] 14 Mar 2011

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