geodetic precession

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geodetic precession

[¦jē·ə¦ded·ik prē′sesh·ən]
(relativity)
The precession of a gyroscope in orbit about the earth due to the curvature of space of the Schwarzschild metric.
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Known as the geodetic effect, the tilt would amount to 6.
In a polar orbit the tilt due to the geodetic effect would be at a right angle to the tilt caused by the gravitomagnetic effect, making both effects detectable.