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Alternative Reflections on the "Speed of Gravity"

Authors: Johann Albers

The attractive force of gravity, according to Newton's law, enables the planet Earth to move on a planetary orbit around the Sun. The observed stability of Earth's orbital parameters obviously demands an instantaneous interaction along the line between the actual positions of both bodies. Especially on the basis of Special Relativity (STG), General Relativity (GTR), and a lot of experimental results, it is a commonly accepted result, that the speed of gravity, at which gravitational interactions propagate, is equal to c, the speed of light. This rather low speed, however, leads to aberration effects with an amount of 20 arcsec, which prevent a stable orbit. Newtonian Mechanics therefore prefer to assume an almost infinitely high value of the speed of gravity to solve this problem. Relativistic Mechanics seem to favor the existence of appropriate forces which are dictated by conservation laws and the quadrupole nature of gravitational radiation. The Alternative Reflections on Gravitation (ARG), however, let expect quite different results. In a Sun-Earth system the aberration is at least five orders of magnitude lower than expected from Newtonian Mechanics. In a Sun-satellite system the aberration is immeasurably small. This result may be compared to Newtonian and Relativistic Mechanics which also for this system let expect the same amount of aberration of 20 arcsec as for the Sun-Earth system.

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