September 12, 2012
Planetary Precession, General Relativity, Orbital Precession of mercury, Flat Space, Lagrangian operators
The anomalous 43 arc second per earth century precession of the planet Mercury’s orbit puzzled scientist for decades. Einstein developed a curved space model of gravitation (General Relativity) and showed that the precession of the planets could be explained very accurately by this model. This fact combined with the prediction and subsequent observation of the gravitational bending of light rays, made GR one of, if not the most, and highly accepted theories in science.
In this paper I will show that the precession of the planets can be explained with nothing more then Special Relativity, Newtonian derived formulas and simple mathematical relationships. The result is extremely accurate.