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Old 06-15-2016, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Leo Bloom View Post
How is this made manifest in the elliptical orbit?
Not really sure. The annual increase (15 cm/year) was calculated by a couple Russians (Gregoriy A. Krasinsky and Victor A. Brumberg) using (I think) timing of comunications to interplanetary probes. This paper says that it is probably due to tidal drag. I'm going to guess that it mainly shows up in a change in the semi-major axis.