Volume 23: Pages 502-505, 2010
Kepler’s third law for circular orbits derived in metric theory of gravity
Jaroslav Hynecek 1
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In this paper, Kepler’s third law is derived for the circular orbits using two different metrics and compared with Kepler’s third law derived from the Newtonian physics. It is found that the mass of the Sun is slightly underestimated when using the traditional calculations, which may affect the calculations of trajectories of space probes trying to reach other planets of our Solar System and beyond.
Keywords: Kepler’s Third Law, Relativistic Kepler’s Third Law, Schwarzschild Metric, Metric Theory of Gravity
Received: January 23, 2010; Accepted: July 6, 2010; Published Online: August 4, 2010