Authors: Frank Makinson
It was noted about 200 years ago that there was an unexplained anomaly in Mercury's orbit. Astronomers could not account for an about 43 arcsecond difference in its orbit. What is not noted today is what was not known 200 years ago or even a little more than 100 years ago when conclusions were accepted about what causes the anomaly. The term plasma, as applied to one of the states of matter, was defined in the 1920s. The term plasma was applied to the Sun in just the last century and how electromagnetic waves of various frequencies are influenced by plasma concentrations is ongoing research. Snell's law can to applied to any substance that allows and influences the propagation of electromagnetic waves. A century ago, there were astronomers and scientists that made conclusions based upon Mercury's orbit anomaly that knew nothing about how plasmas influence the propagation of electromagnetic waves. Einstein heads the list.
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