The precession of Mercury’s orbit

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Within the framework of classical mechanics the influence of the planets in the solar system to the precession of the orbit of Mercury is investigated. It is shown that the average offset of the perihelion of mercury’s orbit computed within the flat limited tasks is 556,5 angular seconds per century and coincides with the observation data with relative accuracy of 2,5%. Incomplete overlap between the computed average offset and observations can be explained by the presence in observations offset oscillatory components with a total amplitude up to 20 angular seconds and periods from several years to several decades.

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N. I. Amel’kin

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

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Russian Federation, 9, Institutskij, Dolgoprudny, Moscow region, 141701


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