Re: Sorry not what I'm saying, didn't read it right
Posted by Bill Gill on Mar 10, 2002 at 21:38
Re: Sorry not what I'm saying, didn't read it right (dogrock)
This might not be directly germane to the discussion, but there is a relativistic effect that is applied to one of the planets. When they first started calculating the planets orbits using Newtons laws they found that Mercury's orbit was just a little bit off. They spent years trying to figure out what was wrong. They even postulated a new planet (Vulcan) inside the orbit of Mercury. They finally resolved the problem when Einstein announced the General Theory of Relativity. The mass of the Sun provides a relativistic warping of space that affects Mercury's orbit. That was one of the early victories for General Relativity.
- Its relevant. Got Dale and Kremer mixed up dogrock 11/3 21:24 (2)
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